Belfast Telegraph

Molly springs into action

A south Belfast schoolgirl has co-ordinated a major concert in St Anne’s Cathedral, for Action Cancer, tonight (Thursday, December 2).

Molly Gilmartin, a sixth form student at Victoria College, put together the Sound of Action musical after volunteering with Action Cancer for almost five years.

'Sound of Action', which will be hosted by Cool FM's Pete Snodden, will include 14 performances from a mixture of ensembles — including choirs, bands and talented young soloists from some of the most well-known schools in Northern Ireland all renowned for their musical talents.

All schools involved have been actively fundraising for Action Cancer throughout the academic year, eager to win the 'Top Fundraiser Award' due to be announced on the night. The individual schools have developed some very unique fundraising ideas, with everything from a musically-themed uniform accessory day to a sing-o-gram service where pupils deliver messages by song for £1 per message.

Some schools such as Victoria College have even selected Action Cancer as their designated local charity as they support their pupils' participation in the event. The initiative and enthusiasm shown by each of the schools involved is to be highly commended.

There will be some exciting festive performances from award-winning choirs and bands but particularly interesting is the participation of some of Northern Ireland's finest young musicians including Cambridge House students Craig Lutton and Stephen Rankin, the 2010 and 2009 NI School Musician of the Year respectively.

Other soloists include pianist Emma Gilmartin, a pupil at Victoria College, and Kathryn McDonagh, a pupil at Royal School Armagh.

Molly Gilmartinsaid: “At a time where the focus is on solo performances due to shows like X Factor and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical theatre searches filling our television screens, it is especially important to highlight the successful result when young people work together in a choir and band setting. Even more so it is great to see all the schools working together as a team to raise vital funds for Action Cancer.”

Tickets are available from 9080 3357 with adults at £10, concession at £5 and a family ticket available (2 adults and 2 concessions) for £20.

Check out www.actioncancer.org for more information.

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