NIALL Quinn will share the stage with multi-platinum selling singer Barbara Dickson and keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman to raise money for the SAFC Foundation.
Popstar to opera star and X Factor winner Joe McElderry, from South Shields, and Sunderland band The Futureheads will also be at the Carols of Light concert taking place, at Durham Cathedral on December 8.
It will take place in aid of Black Cats’ charity and Durham Cathedral Music Endowment Fund.
Produced by SAFC Foundation Trustee Sir Tim Rice, the evening will appearances from a host of stars, including TV presenter and Washington-born architect George Clarke; and celebrated Seaham Harbour-born baritone Sir Thomas Allen, the new chancellor of Durham University.
“Carols of Light will be the perfect way for people to kick off the festive season,” said event organiser Carolyn Ramsbotham.
“Guests will be wowed by performances and readings from people who truly represent the talent and passion of the North East, in one of the country’s most outstanding settings.”
Community fund-raising co-ordinator Dawn Day added: “The funds raised from this event will be input into projects that will provide opportunities for children, young people and families across the North East – at a time when they have rarely needed it more.”
Tickets are now on sale for the event from just £15.
They can be purchased in person from the SAFC ticket office, or via the dedicated Carols of Light number 551 5004.
Ticket office opening hours are between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.
The full musical line-up is:
Sir Thomas Allen
Durham Cathedral Choristers
Durham Cathedral Young Singers
Monkwearmouth Salvation Army Band
Sir Tim Rice
David Milliband MP
The Bishop of Durham