News From Monkwearmouth – Provided by Revd Paul Child Renowned professional opera singer Graeme Danby will be visiting St. Andrew’s Church, Roker, to share his love of singing with the local community. Originally from Consett, Co. Durham, Graeme has performed at some of the world’s best known opera houses, notably the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden. He’s known for his strong, dramatic portrayals of characters in the basso profondo repertoire, and is currently a tutor in the performing arts department at the University of Sunderland. The event is in held conjunction with Cultural Spring – a major Arts Council backed initiative to encourage locally based discovery and development of the Arts of all kinds across Sunderland and South Tyneside – and marks the beginning of a series of workshops, “tasters” and other events which St Andrew’s will be hosting in partnership with them. Those attending on Thursday 20th February at 5pm will have the opportunity to experience professional guidance and insight into singing and voice projection. Assistant Curate Paul Child said, “If you’re young or not so young, love singing in public, only dare in the shower, or simply think you couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, this is for you! Previous experience is definitely not necessary – it’s all about enjoyment and discovering your gifts and skills.”

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