An evening of top class entertainment from Hartlepool’s young musicians

Published Tuesday, 31st August 2021

There’s a treat in store for music lovers on Saturday 11th September when some of Hartlepool’s most talented young musicians will be showcased in a concert in the town’s Borough Hall.

Called ‘A Celebration of Music’, it will feature some of the local young musicians who either this year or last year have received scholarships from the town’s Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians Trust – an educational charity administered by Hartlepool Borough Council.

The event will help raise funds for the Trust, which provides scholarships to young people who either live in or have strong links with Hartlepool to assist them with their musical studies.

On the bill are the vocal talents of Grace Allen, Ben Bartlett, Georgia Burrows, Olivia Carey and Georgia Lennon, James Ellingford on trumpet, William Hartley on bassoon/contrabassoon, Jake Haygarth on tenor horn and Neil Sild on cello.

Among the pieces which will be performed are Concierto de Aranjuez, The Maid of the Mist, Heart of Stone, My Man, The Prayer, The Girl in 14G, Bellini’s Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Tenor Toccata by Rodney Newton, Unusual Way from the musical Nine, Nothing Stops Another Day from the musical Ghost, Tansman’s Sonatine, I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady and Meadowlark from The Baker’s Wife.

The concert will also feature the Paraphernalia choir, directed by Brenda Harrison.

Preston Simpson

HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Mrs Sue Snowdon will be attending the event and will present the scholarships together with Chris Simmons, the Chair of the Trust.

Mr Simmons said: “It’s wonderful to be able to welcome back this very popular annual concert following the pandemic.

“It provides a platform for the cream of Hartlepool’s young musical talent performing to a professional standard and it’s a marvellous evening of entertainment.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Trust over the past year – their generous donations are vital in helping us to continue our work in supporting the town’s young musicians to reach their full potential.”

The show starts at 6.45pm for 7pm and tickets cost just £4 each (children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult) and are available at or from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square on 01429 890000.

For more information about the Trust, please call Judith Oliver on 01429 523914 or email