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The Island and Make It York presents ChoirFest

A collaborative project between The Island and Make It York, we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting a ChoirFest outside the Mansion House on St. Helen’s Square on Saturday 8 December, 12noon – 4pm.

Bringing together four of York’s finest choirs, the event will showcase a wide range of Christmas and popular music tunes which will get you, your family and friends into the festive spirit. Choirs performing at the event, include the In Harmony Ladies’ Choir, Stamford Bridge Singers, Acomb Community Choir and ending the event on a high will be Lucy’s Pop Choir.

The event is free of charge, however, there will be a collection bucket, so people can make a donation towards our worthy cause if they wish to do so. The donations generated from the event will go towards our one to one mentoring programme which is and hugely successful but oversubscribed service here at The Island.

Our one to one mentoring programme has a high success rate in transforming the lives of children living in York. The programme lasts one year and provides the mentees with the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and develop coping mechanisms so that they can take positive steps forward in their lives.

We hope you’ll get involved in the festivities by coming along to show your support. If you would like to volunteer at the ChoirFest, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

If you are coming along, then don’t forget to RSVP your attendance at at https://www.facebook.com/events/972181946315517/ 

To download a copy of our poster, please click here.

We hope to see you there in your Santa hats and have your singing voices ready!

The Concert Series with the Lord Mayor of York

We are over the moon to be working with the Lord Mayor of York, York Blind and Partially Sighted Society and York Music Hub to bring you an evening of music at the York Mansion House.

The event, which will take place on Thursday 15 November, 7pm-8.30pm will showcase the work of St. Peter’s School and the York Music Centre, whose youth string quarters are renowned as two of the best in Yorkshire.

Tickets for the event are £20 each which includes a drink (a glass of wine or soft drink) can be purchased at >>> http://ow.ly/nn6930mn1SR

We hope you’ll come along and join us for what is guaranteed to be a night to remember!

The ways which the profits raised from this magnificent evening will benefit The Island massively. At the moment there are 81 young people in York currently awaiting a mentor. The funding we receive from this event as well as the other fundraisers which the Lord Mayor of York is hosting on behalf of his chosen charities will allow us to reduce our waiting lists.

If you have any questions, would like to host an event in aid of The Island or want more information about us, then please get in touch with us via email enquiries@theislandyork.org.

Music at the Shambles Market

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting a music event at the Shambles Market every Sunday from 11am-4pm throughout June. Come and join us for four days of amazing music performed by some of the finest musicians from across Yorkshire. The event is free entry, family-friendly and everyone is welcome. During the events we’ll be raising funds for our worthy causes, so any donations you can offer, however big or small would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Summertime Sessions

Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest – 31 March

We’re delighted to announce that we have been chosen as York’s Little Festival of Live Music’s charity for their upcoming Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest which will take place at The Black Swan Inn on Saturday 31 March.

We are thrilled to be part of this great event which showcases the work of musicians and bands from across the country as well as raise funds for a local cause.

The festival will be hosting a six and a half hour event in aid of our worthy cause and will feature a wide range of folk and acoustic musicians and bands from across Yorkshire. Acts who will be performing at the Mini-Fest includes rising young performer Scarlett Gordon who performs covers and her own tunes, popular gypsy-celtic group Leather’o; one of the UK’s finest folk and multi-instrumentalists Toni Bunnell who will be launching her highly anticipated seventh album at the event; newly formed norse folk group Bruni who perform music inspired by the Viking era; local acoustic legend David Ward MacleanPlumhall’s Nick Hall who will be performing a rare solo set at the festival and voice of an angel Edwina Hayes, who has won her reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana and will be headlining the Mini-Fest.

Watch the acts in action in the video below.

The team who run the festival says “We love hosting our mini-fest which gives us the opportunity to fundraise for a local cause. We are also passionate about collaborating with Grassroots and Independent Talent across the UK and enjoy helping them showcase their work to established and new music lovers. The beauty of our events is that they are family-friendly, it’s great to see a wide range of audiences brought together to celebrate and support great live music. This year we have a wealth of incredible Yorkshire talent taking to the stage at The Black Swan Inn. Every act is completely different from one another and our audiences are guaranteed to discover an eclectic range of music – it’s truly going to be an afternoon and evening of musical delights.”

Entry into the festival is free of charge, however, a suggested donation of £5 will be welcomed. These donations will be given to us at The Island Mentoring Scheme – a local children’s charity which supports vulnerable children from York.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music’s Mini-Fest will take place on Saturday 31 March from 2.30pm-9pm (doors open at 2.15pm).

The event is family-friendly and everyone is welcome to join us for a great day of live music in aid of charity.

For more information on York’s Little Festival of Live Music go to >>> facebook.com/YorksLittleFestivalOfLiveMusic, follow on Twitter @live_music_fest or email yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com.

To RSVP your attendance to the Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest event, go to >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/393162751124563/

If you would like to make a donation to The Island Mentoring Scheme please click here to donate.

We look forward to seeing you all at the festival, which is sure to be an afternoon and evening to remember.