KNOWLE musician Matthew Jones is hunting for local people to sing in his next big concert, raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
The 24-year-old has teamed up with broadcaster Paul Gambaccini to put on a new production of Carmina Burana.
A grand performance will take place at Birmingham’s Town Hall in February and Matthew is appealing for people to join the choir.
“I already have about 40 performers and now I need to make that number up to 100,” he explained.
“I’ve always said that anyone can sing and now is the time that I’m going to put that theory to the test.
“This is the most complex show I’ve ever done, with the largest number of people so it’s going to be an exciting project.”
Matthew stresses that he wants people of all abilities and that enthusiasm and a passion for fund raising are more important than singing experience.
The concert will be staged on St Valentine’s Day – because of the link with the British Heart Foundation.
“My grandad suffered with heart disease, so there was a personal reason for supporting the charity,” said Matthew.
“But apart from that I was shocked to discover that cardiovascular disease is the UK’s biggest killer. I’m hoping that this project will raise up to £15,000 for the BHF and plenty of awareness about these types of illness.”
Carmina Burana, composed by Carl Orff, is an immensely popular work and its opening set is particularly famous – having been used in Old Spice adverts, The Omen and most recently The X Factor. Rehearsals for the new production will start on November 11 at Highclare School, Erdington. If you would like to take part call Jenny Sloan, at Matthew Jones Music, on 0121 632 2330 or 07941 918 688.