SCARBOROUGH’S “Singing Vicars” are taking to the stage to help raise funds for famine-stricken areas of east Africa.
A concert is being held at Westborough Methodist Church on Saturday starting at 7.30pm.
This is the first concert that the vicars have promoted and organised themselves. They have previously taken part in other concerts and have helped to raise money for Christian Aid, Feed the Minds, Fairtrade, and the Samaritans.
The line-up for this concert will include Clare Stainsby, Mark Haynes, Alan Niel, Mike Leigh, Liz Kitching, Jason McCullagh and Pam Jennings.
Also appearing will be guest artists Frank James, Mike Lester, Rob Harvey (euphonium), Global Voices, Jelly Roll Jazz Band, Tiny Chilton (comedian), Richard Wood (trumpet) and Victoria Wright (soprano).
The Singing Vicars began just two years ago when Rev Mike Leigh and Rev Mark Haynes were approached by the Samaritans and were asked to sing some songs together at a fundraising event.
They decided to invite a few others to join them, and they made their first appearance at the YMCA alongside several other acts.
On that occasion they performed just one item – a medley of “The Clergy Life is not a boring one” and “We’re gonna work around the clock for you” – both adaptations of well known numbers.
After that, they received requests to appear in other places, but made a policy decision that although they were keen to continue with the act, they would only appear in aid of charities, and not in aid of their churches, and that they would do no more than two events a year.
The Singing Vicars have an expanding repertoire, but their characteristic feature is that they never take themselves very seriously.
A minimum donation of £5 is requested at Saturday’s event.