Janice will return to her roots

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International soprano Janice Cairns is coming home to perform at The Sage Gateshead this month, in support of her charity Opera Africa.

Ashington born Janice will be joining the Ravenswood Singers to support the charity at the concert on Saturday, May 11.

Janice is inviting local people to come and enjoy the concert by the Ravenswood singers, whose musical director Joan Trainor is a personal friend of hers.

Janice said: “I am thrilled to be able to come to The Sage Gateshead to perform among my own people, and I am particularly thrilled to be able to give my services in support of Opera Africa, a charity which I, and a small number of friends started some years ago.

“The charity carries out over 60 cataract operations each year and provides clean water to the most needy villages in the Gambia.

“I have known Joan for many years.

“We first met when we travelled to Italy together to participate in The Opera Workshop at Rosary College, Florence, directed by Maestro Tito Gobbi.”

Janice, who now lives in Hampshire, is a big supporter of the north east, performing at the annual Last Night of the Proms in Newcastle’s City Hall.

“I first sang with The Ravenswood Singers 16 years ago, on their tenth anniversary, and I thought it was a wonderful idea when Joan suggested doing a concert in aid of Opera Africa,” she said.

All the money raised from the concert will be donated to Opera Africa, which raises money through music to help improve the lives of poor people in the Gambia.

Janice will join The Ravenswood Singers for a sparkling evening of Opera to Operetta featuring the most popular of opera choruses and arias in the first half, and ending with music from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow.

The concert at The Sage will start at 7.30pm in Hall Two.

Tickets are priced at £17 and are available by calling (0191) 443 4666.