Yorks pupils hold concert to help orphans in South Africa

TALENTED young musicians joined forces to stage a classical concert to help children in South Africa orphaned by Aids.

The outdoor event was at St Mary's School, Menston.

It featured performances from Menston pupils, and teenagers from Prince Henry's Grammar School and Bradford Grammar School – most of whom were members of City of Leeds Youth Music group (CLYM) or Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM).

The musical extravaganza was organised by 18-year-old former St Mary's student Sally Bridgewater, and raised almost 900 for The Bambisanani Partnership.

The cash will help pay for Aids orphans to attend school in Kwa-Zulu Natal, a remote and deprived area of South Africa, where one in three adults have HIV or Aids and more than 60 per cent are illiterate.

St Mary's and Mnyakanya High School in Kwa-Zulu Natal, formed the partnership in 2006.

David Geldart, assistant headteacher at St Mary's, praised the young concert organisers' efforts: "All too often young people get a bad press and this does not reflect the more accurate picture of young people who are concerned about others and are prepared to make a difference."

And he said an "army of volunteers" ensured everything ran smoothly – doing everything from page turning and ticket sales to refreshments, organising a raffle and baking of hundreds of buns.