Operatic society celebrates 120 years with Sunderland Empire show

Members of Sunderland Operatic Society who have been rehearsing for the 120th anniversary performance at Sunderland Empire'(June Amundsen and her daughter Rachael are on the far left respectively).
Members of Sunderland Operatic Society who have been rehearsing for the 120th anniversary performance at Sunderland Empire'(June Amundsen and her daughter Rachael are on the far left respectively).
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THE city’s oldest opera society celebrates 120 years of making music tonight.

Sunderland Amateur Operatic Society (SOAS) is putting on an extravagant show at Sunderland Empire featuring hits from 
world-famous musicals and operas.

The 34 members will sing together and perform solo numbers from Oliver, The Mikado, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.

They will be joined on stage by 35 youngsters from the Kathleen Knox School of Dance, who will star in their own routines and accompany the singers.

SOAS committee member June Amundsen, 60, of Chester Road, said: “We are really looking forward to it.

“It’s a great responsibility to be doing it at the Empire, so we are excited to be putting on the show in a professional theatre.

“It is different this year because it is for one night only, but we are covering songs from all the shows we have put on over the years.”

Tickets cost £11 from the Empire Box Office. The show starts at 7.15pm.