Opera singer is gala night guest

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internationally-acclaimed opera singer Suzannah Clarke, is the guest soloist at the 40th anniversary gala night concert of the Dalesmen Singers.

Born and brought up in Middlesbrough and now ambassador for her town, Suzannah trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and with Pavarotti’s singing teacher Arrigo Pola, in Modena in Italy.

She has performed as principal in some of the top opera houses in the world, including La Scala, Milan, the Hungarian State Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

A winner of several major international competitions in Italy and Spain she has appeared in interviews on TV in both countries.

In 2003, she was the first British performer to be invited to North Korea, where she sang in a series of recitals in the capital Pyongyang, several of the songs being in the Korean language.

In England, she has appeared regularly on TV in news programmes, Christmas Gala concerts and the BBC Songs of Praise, as well as a number of light entertainment shows. Saturday’s concert, for which all tickets have been sold, promises to be a very special event. The concert will be at Danby Methodist Church, with refreshments served afterwards in Danby Village Hall.

The Dalesmen’s President Audrey Smith will be present.

Guests of honour include Coun John Blackburn, Scarborough Borough Council Mayor and the Mayoress Jackie Blackburn, Coun John Freeman, Mayor of Whitbyl, Coun Pam Reeves, chairman of Danby Parish Council, the Rev Alan Coates Minister of Danby Methodist Church and Father Peter Ryan.

For two members of the choir, Colin Grout and John Thompson, it will be a very special occasion.

This will be their 40th annual concert following their continuous membership since the choir was founded. All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and will be received by its representative, Vicky Peterson.