Arts

Musical theatre students Sing loud and clear for children living with cancer

115 students from the Belfast School of Performing Arts have released a version of Sing to raise money for the Cancer Fund for Children

MORE than 100 Students from a leading theatre school have come together virtually to release a single to raise funds for the Cancer Fund for Children.

During lockdown, the 115 talented Belfast School of Performing Arts (thebspa.co.uk) students have banded together to help others by belting out their own virtual version of Gary Barlow’s Sing.

Peter Corry, artistic director at BSPA, which has eight schools across the north, says it has been a challenging but heartfelt and positive experience for all the young people involved;

“At BSPA we believe in the importance of helping others," Peter said. "We had recently secured the Cancer Fund for Children as our designated charity and with our 10th anniversary coming up in January 2021, it felt like the right time to create something very special. Current circumstances meant that we needed to adapt from our norm and we have created a virtual song.

Creating this song has been such fun and students have been so enthusiastic, each rehearsing and recording the song in their bedroom, living room or garden, they have all given it so much passion and joy and as you can see and hear, that really shines through.”

Jane Hoare, Head of Fundraising, from the Cancer fund for Children is delighted that the money raised will go towards the charity.

Fiona Mulholland, the mother of a student at the Lisburn School, says this charity single is very close to her heart;

"My daughter Grace is a student at BSPA and she loves gong every week. Her little sister Mollie, when she was aged just two years and 10 months, was diagnosed with cancer. Mollie is doing really well now, but at the time we were knocked sideways as a family.

"The Cancer Fund for Children was amazing; we were assigned a support worker very early on in Mollie's treatment and they treated us with such kindness and love, helping us with support, both emotionally and financially.

Tina McVeigh, director at BSPA is delighted with the single. "These young people are so very talented and it’s been such a pleasure to listen to this song that they have lovingly created to help others," she said.

"I’m very proud of them and I am looking forward to the day that they can all dance, sing and act together once again.”

:: Watch and listen to the song at https://tinyurl.com/y7ze34nr; to donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/BSPA2020

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access

Arts