May 18 2013 Latest news:
By emma knights
Monday, March 4, 2013
Young Norfolk musicians put on a great show in a special concert organised by an 11-year-old musical director.
More than 200 young people from across the county performed in schoolboy Adam Possener’s sold-out charity concert at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on Friday night in front of a 700-strong audience.
Adam, a Town Close House Preparatory School pupil, said that he was delighted that so many people had wanted to get involved in the event which was raising funds to help the Norwich Tanzania Association – a good cause set up by Adam’s schoolmate Lukeman Carter – buy a well and water pump for a village in Africa.
Among the performers in the concert were Town Close Choir, Norfolk County Intermediate Youth Orchestra and various ensembles.
Soloists included saxophonist Finn McEwen, winner of the Norfolk Young Musician Competition 2013, violinist Dylan Latham, winner of the Michael Badminton String Prize, and Royal Northern College singer Will Arundell.
Adam said: “There was a massive mix of music from songs from West End shows to classical pieces like Jupiter.
“So many people helped to make the concert possible and it is really nice how children in Norfolk who have so much opportunity can help children in Tanzania who have less opportunity.
“It is a really nice connection.”
Adam, who also co-ordinated and conducted a Young Musicians’ Charity Concert in Eaton last year and has also played the piano alongside world famous concert pianist Lang Lang in London, won the cultural achiever award in the 2012 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press.
He put half of his £1,000 prize money from his award towards hiring St Andrew’s Hall for last night’s concert
So far the Norwich Tanzania Association, set up by Lukeman Carter, has helped communities in the African country by funding a school’s classroom and library and also collecting books, clothes, stationery and toys for the pupils, helping an orphanage, and setting up a youth club for street children.
Now it is fundraising for wells and waterpumps to make access to water easier for two villages.
For more information about the charity visit www.the-norwich-tanzania-association.com.