West End stars including Kerry Ellis to perform in NHS charity gala
A gala concert will be held at a West End venue to raise money for over 230 charities in the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. The concert will be staged as part of the Newfound Hope Songs initiative led by Adam Blanshay Productions, which aims to unite musical theatre performers by collaborating and writing new music.
The Newfound Hope Songs concert will star West End performers who have each written a lockdown song, orchestrated and conducted by Matthew Brind. As well as new music, the concert will also feature inspirational, uplifting musical theatre classics.
Producer Adam Blanshay says: "The live-entertainment world has been forced into standstill unlike any one has ever witnessed before. Despite this uncertainty and fear, we have been moved by many in the theatre community pulling together and taking to social media, offering their talent to help support the minds and souls of others and expressing their gratitude for those on the front line. With Newfound Hope Songs we hope honour this good will, unite musical theatre talent, and inspire song-writing creativity during this time of reflection."
Participating performers taking part so far include Kerry Ellis, best known for starring in musicals including We Will Rock You and Wicked. Currently starring in & Juliet, Cassidy Janson will also take to the stage, as well as Josh Piterman who is currently playing the titular role in The Phantom of the Opera.
The concert will also star Shan Ako, John Dagleish, David Hunter, Rachael John, Lucie Jones, Joshua St. Clair and Jodie Steele.
Money raised at the gala concert will be split between participating artists and the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Money raised will go towards providing funds towards hospitals, trusts, as well as medical research and equipment.
A West End theatre, date and more information on when tickets will go on sale for the gala concert are to be announced.
Photo credit: Adam Blanshay Productions