Students perform to free children everywhere

It’s by youth, for youth.

  • Feb. 15, 2011 4:00 p.m.
Practice: Vocalist Hanna Gomme

Practice: Vocalist Hanna Gomme

It’s by youth, for youth.

Nine Salmon Arm Secondary students will perform in the Young Musicians Benefit Concert playing Friday, Feb. 18 at SAGA Public Art Gallery.

The students are very excited to be performing Friday and about where the proceeds from the admission-by-donation concert will go. Free the Children is a foundation founded by Craig Kielburger, co-creator of Me to We.

According to the foundation’s website, Free the Children empowers children in North America to improve the lives of fellow children oversees through the Adopt a Village program that has taken more than 650 schools and school rooms and water projects to communities around the world.

“It seemed like a good idea because it focuses on child labour, especially in India,” says concert creator Hannah Gomme, who organized the concert with the help of Skylar Plourdes,

The concert is also an opportunity for Gomme and other acoustic and classical performers at SAS to share their talents with the greater community.

“I talked to everyone I know who is really serious about their music,” says the Grade 12 student.

Gomme says she tried to inject variety into Friday’s program, which includes piano, guitar, violin and voice performances. Some of the pieces to be performed will come from the students themselves, having been written in musical composition class with Brian Pratt-Johnson.

The Young Musicians Benefit Concert, an evening of classical and acoustic music, starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at SAGA Public Art Gallery.