Choirs bring festive songs to commuters for appeal

Sing For Your Heart singers Joan and Mike Stevens pictured at Leeds Train Station. PIC: Simon Hulme
Sing For Your Heart singers Joan and Mike Stevens pictured at Leeds Train Station. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Two choirs will be serenading commuters at Leeds City Station as they sing to raise money for the YEP backed Sing For Your Heart appeal.

Alwoodley based Singing For Pleasure and the Leeds College of Music Student Union Partsong Choir will begin the mini concerts at 5pm tomorrow - just in time for the evening rush.

And all the money they raise will go towards the appeal - which encourages individuals, music groups and performers across Leeds to stage their own singing events in December while fundraising to help Heart Research UK.

Singing For Pleasure organiser Mike Stevens, 79, said: “We’ve chosen to support Sing For Your Heart because I had a heart attack myself 14 years ago.

“When I read that the YEP were supporting the campaign, I was delighted.”

Barbara Harpham, national director of Leeds based Heart Research UK said: “Everyone can Sing for their Hearts, whether you’re in a band, choir or just partial to a bit of karaoke.

“It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, family and colleagues to have fun and raise money for Heart Research UK particularly in the run up to Christmas when everyone is feeling festive.”

And today we launch our competition to encourage Leeds schoolchildren to sing for their hearts with a festive video- with a fabulous prize of a morning in a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Schools across Leeds can send videos of their children singing a festive song or carol to us - and the winner will be picked by Sing For Your Heart and Eiger Recording Studios.

Schools who take part should either make a donation to Sing For Your Heart, or ask children to design a poster with the text number and donation details “SING 11 £3 to 70070” written on it that they can hold up whilst they perform.

Videos, which have parental permission, should be sent to yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk with the subject line ‘Schools Sing For Your Heart’, and the competition will close on December 16.

Heart Research UK said: “This is a great competition to enable schools to play a part in Sing for your Heart this year, whether or not there are holding their own event in school or singing in an outside venue.

“It gives friends, family and the general public the opportunity to enjoy seeing the youngsters performing without leaving the comfort of their own home, and to text donate to Heart Research UK to show their appreciation of the singing from their armchair.

“Eiger Studios have been really generous in donating four hours of studio time for the winning school to make a recording.”