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Come along to a musical showcase with The Blue Light Choir, who recently released their single “Ode to the Newborn” recorded at Broadwater Studios in 2017. Supporting them are a house band playing classics brought to you by Scotty Handy.
All members of The Blue Light Choir are made up of staff from the emergency services in the North East. This event is to champion and celebrate their hard work with an evening of uplifting popular songs for these unsung heroes.
The Blue Light Choir is made up of:
- Kate Sirs the Conductor and Musical Director for the Choir. She has been conducting the choir for almost 18 months and has been in a choir in various roles since the age of 12. Kate has aspired to run a choir since she was little and began running major choirs all over the North East.
- Stu Hagon is a Firefighter and Chairman of The Blue Light Choir. Stu has been singing since he was 3 years old, he taught himself how to play the piano and began professionally singing at around 35 years old. In his singing career, he is a Singer/Songwriter and has released singles himself such as “Ode to The Newborn” which was re-released with The Blue Light Choir in 2017.
- Joanne Henry is in the Fire and Rescue service. Singing has been a big part of Joanne’s life from a young age and she has been involved in many choirs and performances throughout the North East. Joanne was instrumental in the creation of The Blue Light Choir which was established in 2017.
- Holly Went is a Police Community Support Officer, she organised The Blue Light Choir event on behalf of the choir for their debut performance in Sage Two, on the 26th of May 2017. Holly performed a solo rendition of “Make You Feel My Love” when The Blue Light Choir came to the Sage, Gateshead.
Support for The Blue Light choir comes from a 4-part vocal group known as “The Golden Girls”, singing a version of the song “One Day” by Matisyahu. They are Elaine Ferguson, Susan Hodson, Lucille Hutchinson and Christine Leach.
Also supporting The Blue Light Choir is Geoff Inskip, who will be singing a few songs such as Fly Me to The Moon by Frank Sinatra that we are sure you will enjoy!
The house band are a fun, energetic and bubbly North East based quartet who’ll get you up dancing and singing along to a whole load of classics. The members of the quartet are all active musicians working across the region and include Michael Mather on drums, Scotty Handy on keys,and vocals from the outstanding Jessica Jones .
Scotty Handy is a BA (Hons) Community Music student, based at Sage Gateshead. Studying his final year BA (Hons) Community Music degree, delivered at Sage Gateshead in partnership with the University of Sunderland.
With thanks to The Blue Light Choir members; Kate Sirs, Stu Hagon, Joanne Henry, Holly Went, Michelle Pike, Susan Hodson, Paula Burns, Lynne Jones, Marie Littlemore, Ashley Watson, Sara Mullen, Fiona Usher, Tony Armes, Elizabeth Bunn, Rob Waugh and Mel Davis.
House band; Jessical Jones, Michael Mather and Scotty Handy.
Support: Geoff Inskip and ‘The Golden Girls’ Elaine Ferguson, Susan Hodson, Lucille Hutchinson and Christine Leech.