Diversity band MiXiT give Sunderland audience a lesson in acceptance

Diversity pop band MiXit performing at Sunderland Unversity's City Space, Chester Road, Sunderland on Thursday as part of Diversity Month.

Diversity pop band MiXit performing at Sunderland Unversity's City Space, Chester Road, Sunderland on Thursday as part of Diversity Month.

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DIVERSE musicians have given students an education in acceptance.

Pop band MiXiT performed a variety of ballads, swinging show tunes and pop classics in Sunderland University’s City Space, in Chester Road.

The group of 16, who have performed for audiences including former Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Queen, put on the show as part of Sunderland University Student’s Union’s Diversity Month, which aims to celebrate all societal groups throughout November.

MiXiT was formed 23 years ago by John and Lorraine Hails after their daughter Charlotte was born with Down’s Syndrome. The couple wanted to find an activity that the little girl could enjoy with able-bodied sister Victoria, 26.

The pair created MiXiT, which allowed the girls to enjoy singing, dancing and acting together.

“It’s a real family group,” said John, who is one of MiXiT’s directors. “It’s gone from strength to strength since it started.

“We are now known around the world for our inclusive group of people with and without disabilities.

“This was the first time we 
have performed at Sunderland University, and it’s nice 
because my wife and I are both graduates.”

After Thursday’s performance, John said the group would like to return to the city.

“These are experienced performers who have worked around the world,” said John.

“But I think we would like to form a relationship with the university and look to come back and put on more dramatic performances and shows.”