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December 2018

FTFC Community Trust Teams Up With Co-op For Project To Help Schoolchildren

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Football fans and shoppers were today urged to support Fylde coast youngsters as part of a ground-breaking new project.

Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust has teamed up with leading retailer Co-op to raise funds for vital community work aimed at improving the lives of local schoolchildren.

The Co-op’s Local Community Fund helps support projects across the UK and since its launch in 2016, Co-op members have raised almost £40 million for more than 12,000 local causes.

FTFC Community Trust – the charitable arm of Fleetwood Town FC – will now use money raised through the fund to provide an in-school programme which focusses on improving the health and well-being of youngsters in Fleetwood.

All shoppers need to do to support the cause is become a Co-op member, select FTFC Community Trust as their preferred charity and then one per cent of everything they spend on Co-op branded products or services in local stores will go to the Trust.

The Trust will use the money to engage with primary schools within Fleetwood and Wyre that suffer from high levels of social and economic deprivation.

This will include Year 6 boys and girls, their siblings, parents and teachers, and will lead to the sharing of resources and good practice through a celebration event at the end of the project.

Matt Hilton, Chief Executive of FTFC CT, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with the Co-op for an initiative designed to help young people in Wyre.

“All funding raised will go towards delivering a mental health programme that aims to increase awareness of emotional, health and well-being issues by building character and resilience in children.

“The programme, which will be delivered to local primary schools by a team of community trust staff, is also designed to build confidence and aspiration in order that youngsters can achieve.

“If you are a Co-op member then please select FTFC Community Trust as your preferred charity because every time you shop you will be helping local youngsters. Every penny will help, and we cannot thank the Co-op and its customers enough.”

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community Engagement at the Co-op, said:  “Since the launch of the local community fund our members have helped 12,000 organisations to make a positive difference in their neighbourhoods, and in the last 12 months alone we have invested £19m in local causes.

“The fund is now supporting a wide variety of local organisations, from community trusts like Fleetwood Town FC to education providers and neighbourhood watch schemes, all of which are helping to make the Fylde coast a better, happier, and healthier place to live.”

You can become a Co-op member in store, by calling the membership helpline on 0800 023 4708 or online at www.coop.co.uk/membership

 

ROYAL WEDDING GOSPEL SINGERS THE KINGDOM CHOIR HEADING OUT ON UK TOUR

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Royal wedding gospel singers The Kingdom Choir are heading out on a UK tour in 2019.

The Kingdom Choir became a household name following the stunning performance of Stand By Me at the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and the Duchess Of Sussex last May.

And now the choir is heading out on an 18-date tour across England, Scotland and Wales in April and May next year including a first anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in London, a year to the day after the wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Tickets are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.cuffeandtaylor.com.

Following the Royal Wedding performance, The Kingdom Choir has made high profile appearances across UK TV networks as well as closing the Invictus Games in Sydney in October. Last month the choir released its debut album Stand By Me via Sony, which features the title track as performed at the Royal Wedding, as well as versions of Beyoncé’s Halo, John Legend’s All Of Me and Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace Part 2. It also includes original track Chases, written by members of The Kingdom Choir.

Karen Gibson, conductor of The Kingdom Choir, said: “The Kingdom Choir is absolutely delighted with the journey of the past few months! It’s been a rollercoaster, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – first, the honour of being able to sing at the Royal Wedding, then the thrill of being signed to Sony, and now a national tour!

“It’s like an un-dreamt dream – one that you wouldn’t even consider, because you never thought it could happen to you. We’re very grateful and very excited about what’s to come.”

The choir consists of seasoned male and female vocalists, chosen for their high-quality delivery of choral meets gospel. They’ve been featured in the film Tube Tales, the TV series Maisie Raine, an Orange advert, and alongside the BBC Philharmonic for the Radio 4 Easter Sunday Worship.

The choir’s rendition of Stand By Me went straight in at Number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs Chart after the wedding and received more than 10 million views on YouTube.

The choir was founded in 1994 London by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson. The singers, from in and around London, draw from various Christian traditions and are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performance. Prior to performing in front of almost two billion people at the Royal Wedding, the largest audience The Kingdom Choir had performed to was just 200 people.

The Kingdom Choir’s debut album Stand By Me is available now via Sony Music.

Premiere West End performance of international Whitney Houston tribute show

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Critically acclaimed international stage sensation Whitney – Queen of the Night is to get its West End premiere with an exclusive performance.

It is announced today the stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time will be at The Savoy Theatre on Sunday March 24.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday December 7 from www.thesavoytheatre.com  

Whitney – Queen Of The Night will star Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night tour, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Voice, The X Factor) in the title role, supported by a stunning live band.

The outstanding concert production has toured extensively across the UK and Europe for the past three years and promoters Cuffe and Taylor are delighted to be giving the show its West End premiere.

The Savoy audience can enjoy three decades of nostalgic hits, including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, I Will Always Love You, My Love Is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, How Will I Know, Million Dollar Bill, The Greatest Love Of All, and many more.

Speaking about playing Whitney Houston, Elesha said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Whitney – Queen Of The Night to the West End. It is a magnificent show, celebrating the life and music of a phenomenal performer.

“I’ve toured with the production in the past, and now to step into the limelight and perform as Whitney on the West End stage singing these incredible songs is an amazing opportunity, and one I’m really looking forward to.”

Ben Hatton, Cuffe and Taylor Director of Theatre Touring, added: “We are delighted to be giving Whitney – Queen Of The Night its West End premiere. This is a stunning show and The Savoy is the perfect theatre to present this to a West End audience.”

Before her death in 2012, Whitney had been hailed as the most awarded artist of all time, by Guinness World Records – with six Grammy Awards and 30 Billboard Music Awards among her 415 titles.

Whitney – Queen Of The Night is an unmissable evening paying homage to one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with a sensational cast and a stunning live band.

Brand new show celebrating Tina Turner heads out on 50-plus date debut UK tour

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A brand new show celebrating the music of Tina Turner is set to tour the UK with more than 50 dates already secured.

The massive debut tour of What’s Love Got To Do With It? launches in February 2019 promising to be the ultimate tribute show.

The tour opens at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on Wednesday February 13, and visits towns and cities including Liverpool, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Nottingham, Weymouth, Sunderland, Cardiff, Manchester, Bath, Margate and many more, running into 2020.

Tickets on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney – Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It?  pays homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century.

In this brand-new touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor) supported by a full 10-piece live band.

Speaking about playing Tina Turner, Elesha said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be touring the UK with What’s Love Got To Do With It? This is going to be a magnificent show and one that truly celebrates the incredible music and career of Tina Turner.

“Tina is a great persona to emulate on stage. I have performed as her many times over the years so to now be the lead in a show that will travel all over the UK and celebrate everything about her is an amazing opportunity and one I’m really looking forward to.”

In a breath-taking career spanning more than 50 years, audiences can look forward to hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s most-loved classic hits including Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. This not-to-be missed musical experience is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time.

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? TOUR DATES 2019

February    

Wed 13th MAIDSTONE, THE HAZLITT THEATRE

Tue 19th LIVERPOOL, EMPIRE THEATRE

Sat 23rd BUXTON, OPERA HOUSE

Tue 26th SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION

Wed 27th EDINBURGH, USHER HALL

Thu 28th GLASGOW, KING’S THEATRE

March   

Fri 1st ABERDEEN, MUSIC HALL

Sat 16th DARLINGTON, HIPPODROME

Thu 21st BRADFORD, ST GEORGES HALL

Wed 27th PORTSMOUTH, GUILDHALL

Fri 29th HULL, CITY HALL

April   

Thu 18th SHEFFIELD, CITY HALL

May

Wed 1st COVENTRY, BELGRADE THEATRE

Fri 31st DARTFORD, ORCHARD THEATRE

June    

Sat 1st HODDESDON, THE SPOTLIGHT

Sat 8th HUDDERSFIELD, TOWN HALL

Thu 13th MALVERN, FORUM THEATRE

Sat 15th BASINGSTOKE, THE ANVIL

Sun 16th CANTERBURY, MARLOWE THEATRE

Sat 22nd TORQUAY, PRINCESS THEATRE

Thu 27th NEW BRIGHTON, FLORAL PAVILION THEATRE

Fri 28th CARLISLE, THE SANDS CENTRE

Sat 29th NOTTINGHAM, ROYAL CONCERT HALL

July  

Thurs 11th HORNCHURCH, QUEENS THEATRE

Sat 20th BLACKPOOL, OPERA HOUSE

Sun 21st SUNDERLAND, EMPIRE THEATRE

Sun 28th CROYDON, ASHCROFT THEATRE

September

Fri 13th CARDIFF, ST DAVIDS HALL

Fri 20th MANCHESTER, BRIDGEWATER HALL

Sat 28th BRIDLINGTON, BRIDLINGTON SPA

October    

Wed 2nd LEICESTER, DE MONTFORT HALL

Thu 3rd HORSHAM, CAPITOL THEATRE

Fri 4th BOURNEMOUTH, PAVILION THEATRE

Sat 5th LLANELLI, Y FFWRNES

Fri 11th DONCASTER, THE DOME

Thur 17th DERBY, DERBY ARENA

Fri 18th BATH, THE FORUM

Sat 19th SALISBURY, CITY HALL

November    

Fri 8th DUDLEY, TOWN HALL

Sat 9th HIGH WYCOMBE, WYCOMBE SWAN

Sun 10th RICHMOND, RICHMOND THEATRE

Fri 15th HARROGATE, ROYAL HALL

Thu 28th MARGATE, WINTER GARDENS

Fri 29th CAMBRIDGE, CORN EXCHANGE

December

Wed 4th SWANSEA, GRAND THEATRE

Sat 14th WORTHING, ASSEMBLY HALL

 

TOUR DATES 2020

January

Sun 12th SOUTHAMPTON, MAYFLOWER THEATRE

March

Fri 13th WARRINGTON, PYRAMID & PARR HALL

Thurs 19th BIRMINGHAM, BIRMINGHAM ARENA

Sat 21st NEWCASTLE, CITY HALL

 

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