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Schoolboy musician hopes his concert at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall will help children in Tanzania

PUBLISHED: 06:30 31 January 2013

Adam Possener, 11, left, is organising a concert at St Andrews Hall, raising money for the Norwich Tanzania Association, a charity set up by his classmate Lukeman Carter, 12. Picture: Denise Bradley

Adam Possener, 11, left, is organising a concert at St Andrews Hall, raising money for the Norwich Tanzania Association, a charity set up by his classmate Lukeman Carter, 12. Picture: Denise Bradley


Schoolboy musician Adam Possener has already proved he can put on a great show – and now the gifted 11-year-old is hoping to fill Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall for his next concert.

12-year-old Lukeman set up organisation to help children in Tanzania

Children in need in Africa are being helped by an organisation set up by 12-year-old Lukeman Carter.

The schoolboy, who lives in Old Catton and who has relatives in Tanzania, started the Norwich Tanzania Association after he saw first-hand the poverty in which some people live in the African country.

He said: “I visited some of the poor villages, and seeing all the children hungry, dirty and not going to school, it really upset me and I really wanted to help them.”

So far Lukeman’s association has raised several thousand pounds. It has funded a new classroom and library for Mahango Primary School in Madibira as well as organised collections of books, clothes, stationery and toys for the pupils, and helped the New Life Orphanage in Dar-es-Salaam,

Now the association is fundraising for waterpumps for Mahango and a neighbouring village, which will make it easier and quicker for the communities to access water. It has also set up a new youth club for homeless street children in Dar-es-Salaam.

Lukeman was a finalist in the charity category of the 2012 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards for his efforts to help communities in Tanzania, and he will be speaking about the Norwich Tanzania Association at the concert on March 1.

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The ambitious charity event on March 1 will be the second concert Adam has organised as he co-ordinated and conducted a Young Musicians’ Charity Concert in June.

And while his previous show was a great success, his latest concert is on a far bigger scale, with about 200 musicians set to perform and about 700 seats in the audience to fill.

Adam, a Town Close House Preparatory School pupil, is hoping the show will raise lots of funds to help the Norwich Tanzania Association – a good cause set up by his schoolmate, Lukeman Carter – buy a well and water pump for a village in Africa.

“It is about encouraging young musicians and trying to raise as much money as possible for Lukeman’s organisation. The concert is about children in Norwich helping children in Tanzania,” said Adam, who said he was enjoying the challenge of organising the concert and on the night would be playing the piano and viola.

“In the concert there will be orchestral music, music from Broadway and the West End, and classical music as well,” he said.

Members of Norfolk County Intermediate Youth Orchestra, Town Close House Choir and Aldeburgh Young Musicians are among the musicians that taking part.

Saxophonist Finn McEwen, who won the Norfolk Young Musician Competition in 2013, will be performing in a jazz quartet, and some of soloists in the show will be singer and Royal Northern College of Music student Will Arundell, violinist Dylan Latham, who recently won the Michael Badminton String Prize at the Norfolk Young Musician Competition 2013, and flautist Heidi Reger. A new piece of music by Will Harmer, from Aldeburgh Young Musicians, will also be performed.

Adam won the cultural achiever award in the 2012 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, and has put half of his £1,000 prize money towards hiring St Andrew’s Hall.

The Young Musicians’ Charity Concert is on March 1 at 7pm at St Andrew’s Hall. Tickets £10 for adults (£2 for children). To book call 01603 628319 or visit Prelude Records, St Giles Street, Norwich.

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