Singer launches trio of gigs at Sunderland Minster

Singer/Songwriter Ditte Goard (19), who is launching her debut EP at a gig in Sunderland Minster on May 28th
Singer/Songwriter Ditte Goard (19), who is launching her debut EP at a gig in Sunderland Minster on May 28th
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A PROMISING singer will raise the roof when she kick-starts a trio of musical events at Sunderland Minster.

Singer song-writer Ditte Goard has been settling well into city life since she moved here in September to study art at the University of Sunderland.

Since arriving on Wearside from Oxford, she has been inspired by the city’s thriving music scene and is preparing to showcase her own style of music.

On Saturday, April 28, the 19-year-old will be releasing her EP, We’ll Meet Again, at a gig inside the minster.

As well as entertaining the crowd with her singing skills, talented Ditte will be playing the guitar and piano.

She said: “I moved up north in September to study and since then I’ve had overwhelming support from the music scene here and have been completely absorbed into it.

“There are so many incredible musicians and bands in the North East and it’s amazing to become part of it.”

The musical extravaganza will feature support from Sunderland-based folk trio Matt Stalker and Fables and Wearside musician Adam Ben Phillips.

Ditte’s gig marks the first of a trio of events that will see the sound of music ringing from the minster.

On May 19, The Futureheads will perform their first hometown gig this year at the minster.

They will be promoting their new a cappella album Rant and plan to perform alongside a 22-strong choir.

South Shields musician Natasha Haws, who has signed to Sunderland record label bunkeruk, is also releasing her debut EP at a special gig at the minster on May 12.

There will be support from local acts Reckoner and Arbeia.

Reverend Martin Anderson, of Sunderland Minster, said: “Ditte is a fantastic musician and we are delighted to welcome her for the first of three exciting musical events here.”

Ditte can be seen at the Minster on Saturday, April 28, at 8pm.

Tickets are £3 and are available on the door.

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Gospel brought to life

THE Gospel of Mark will be brought to life at an event next week.

As part of its packed calendar of activities, Sunderland Minster will play host to Hear Mark and Learn on April 27.

The performance will see Christopher Wardale, who served his parish ministry in the Diocese of Durham before retiring in 2006, recite Mark’s Gospel from start to finish.

The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 each, concessions £3, and includes a glass of wine. The money will go towards Sunderland Minster Bell fund.