Would you like to sing in it? Sunderland Minster stages musical

Mezzo-Soprano, Alison Barton is leading the search for singers to take part in Whistle Down the Wind which is to be staged at Sunderland Minster.
Mezzo-Soprano, Alison Barton is leading the search for singers to take part in Whistle Down the Wind which is to be staged at Sunderland Minster.
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HISTORIC Sunderland Minster will form the backdrop for two performances of the classic musical Whistle Down the Wind.

And organisers Music in the Minster are on the hunt for singers to take part in the spectacular.

Workshops will take place at St George’s Church, in Belvedere Road, this weekend to give potential stage stars a taster of the show.

No previous experience is required for the roles, those interested just need to have a love a singing.

Creative director and professional mezzo-soprano Alison Barton explains: “Nothing compares to the thrill of using your own voice to tell a story live on stage. The voice is our natural instrument of expression and it’s an amazing feeling to connect to the raw power and emotion in a piece and get that across to an audience.

“At Music in the Minster we’ve brought together a team of experienced experts to develop and guide our cast as they train and perform alongside professionals in a full production. Participation in our show is a heart and soul experience - inspiration guaranteed.”

The free one day workshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday and people of all ages are welcome to come along and learn to sing some of the music from Whistle Down the Wind and to act out a scene from the musical which was adapted from the Richard Attenborough film.

Music in the Minster is a registered charity that brings experts from the world of opera and music to share their skills with Wearside.

Working with a cast of local school children, community members, professional performers, a live orchestra and a professional artistic and direction team, Music in the Minster will stage two performances of Whistle Down the Wind in Sunderland Minster on November 16 and 17.

Workshop details:

•Saturday. A youth workshop will take place for 12-18-year-olds from 10am to 4pm.

•Sunday. An adult workshop will take place for those aged 18 and over (there is no upper age limit) from 10am to 4pm.

Both workshops are at St George’s Church, Belvedere Road, Sunderland. They will be led by an experienced team of professionals who will guide singers of all ages and all levels of experience.

Sign up for one of the events on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MusicintheMinster, email info@musicintheminster.org.uk or call Louise Taylor on 07971 072 225.

Under 18s will need a parent/guardian to complete a short form.

WHISTLE Down the Wind is a 1961 British film which was adapted from the novel by Mary Hayley Bell. Starring Hayley Mills, it won four Bafta nominations.

The plot follows the lives of three Lancashire farm children who discover a fugitive hiding in their barn. The bearded man, referred to as “Blakey” by the police, is mistaken for Jesus by the children, who are influenced by stories they have recently heard at Sunday school.

The fugitive makes no attempt to correct their mistake, especially when he discovers the eldest child, Kathy, is determined to protect him from discovery by the local police.

In the late 1990s, Whistle Down The Wind was adapted into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman with songs including No Matter What, Whistle Down The Wind and Vaults of Heaven.