Ex Premiership and England footballer, Danny Mills, and Leeds/Reading Festival singer, Katie Skinner, were surprise guests at danSing’s summer school last Friday when Danny was presented with a cheque for £4,133.47 which was the amount raised at “danSing for Shine” earlier this summer.
Aspiring young performers wowed the audience at the Harrogate Theatre on Sunday 21st June in “danSing for shine” a concert to raise funds and awareness for the national charity, Shine, which is dedicated to supporting people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Danny Mills became Shine’s patron after losing his son Archie to spina bifida and hydrocephalus in 2002.
Danny was thrilled with the amount raised and said:
The show was absolutely terrific and the hard work danSing put into hosting such a professional event really paid off.
Successful North Yorkshire performing arts group, danSing, opened the show with “Shine Medley”, especially arranged for the event by musical director, Helen Leaf. Danny compèred the evening and was joined by an array of talented guests with Jonathan Ansell, G4s multi platinum music artist, headlining the show. Jonathan shared the stage with John Farnworth, world champion football freestyler, Katie Skinner of “Made in Leeds” fame, singer-songwriters Yo Preston, Daniel Webster and Sophie Stott, African drumming group, Belebele, singer and award-winning fundraiser, Bethany Hare, Music for Youth National finalists, Brackenfield School Choir and musical theatre artists Robyn McIntyre, Rosie Winter and Lucy Sherman.
With musical staging by Jane Waring and choreography by De-Napoli Clarke, “danSing for Shine” was cleverly directed by eminent actress, Adrienne Posta. The full company received a standing ovation for “You Raise me Up” which provided a fitting finale to a truly memorable and successful evening.