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Students' charity concert inspired by music legend

Students Connor Ramshaw, Rebecca Toy, Dale Whitfield and Lucy Gofton rehearsing for the concert

A famous Bob Dylan song is the inspiration for a music concert by Sunderland College students in aid of the city’s Volunteer Life Brigade.

First year Foundation Degree music students will be performing a range of acoustic pieces at their charity event ‘All Along the Watch House’.

They will be playing banjos, mandolins and ukuleles and performing a mix of modern and retro songs with unique arrangements such as Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’, The Buzzcocks ‘Ever Fallen in Love’ and Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’.

The concert takes place at Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade headquarters, The Watch House, on Monday, November 17 from 7.30pm.

This is the second time Sunderland College students have teamed-up with Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade to raise cash for the charity through a music concert.

The performance last year raised more than £500 and it is hoped that even more money will be collected this year to support the vital work of the charity.

Tony Wilson, event organiser and Sunderland College music lecturer, said: “Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade is an amazing organisation which has saved thousands of lives over the years.

“We believe it is very important for our students to be involved in the local community and to extend their support to charities and organisations in the region.

“It is a privilege to perform in the Watch House and the concert promises to be a fun and enjoyable evening full of unique performances by our very talented students. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of members of the public and to surpassing our fund-raising target.”

Rose Robert, secretary of Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade, said: “The SVLB is a totally voluntary funded organisation and relies on the general public for donations. We really appreciate the support of the college music students and are pleased to welcome them back to the Watch House for a second year.”

Tickets cost £2.50 and are available from Tony Wilson on 0191 5116000 ext. 03535.

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