The Kids Aloud concert in Harrogate on Friday night is estimated to have raised between £5,000 and £6,000 for Harrogate Brigantes’ Changing Young Lives in Nepal project.
The concert, Kids in the Limelight, saw more than 350 students from local schools perform to a packed house of 750 people at the Royal Hall.
The Nepal project is bringing the educational benefits of IT to children in remote rural areas in a sustainable way, and it is hoped to bring over a choir from the Asian country for the next Kids Aloud concert in 2019, when the young musicians will perform a work they have written themselves.
The main conductor on Friday night was Carmel Wake, of Richard Taylor School. Some numbers in the first half were conducted by Lizzie Williams, of Pannal School, and Stuart Forster, of King James’s.
The soloists for Little People were Toby Crisell (Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School), Freddie Hagen (Pannal School) and Roman Bignell (North Rigton Primary School). The narrator for the second half was Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club member Guy Wilson.
Guy said: “This was our fifth Kids Aloud concert and those involved in them all, whether as audience, helpers or performers, reckon that the quality of performance this time was the best so far.
“It was quite a night with a packed audience of very proud parents and well-wishers enjoying a performance of well-known and varied numbers from some of the best of modern musicals performed by 350 musicians whose talent and enthusiasm had to be seen and heard to be believed.”
There were two prize winners – for the marketing image it was Lucy Everson, from Richard Taylor School, and for the illustrative artwork it was Alannah Saphir, from Pannal School.