Redbridge performers join anniversary celebration for Jack Petchey Foundation

PUBLISHED: 11:49 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:49 19 March 2015

Members of the Finch Stage School which has a base in Redbridge

Members of the Finch Stage School which has a base in Redbridge


A charity chief has declared its mission is being fulfilled after a glitzy West End event to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

The Gateway To Music group which includes musicians from Redbridge Music SchoolThe Gateway To Music group which includes musicians from Redbridge Music School

The Ignite Festival of Youth held by Ilford-based Jack Petchey Foundation at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday featured 16 musicians from Redbridge Music School in the Gateway to Music orchestra, who played three pieces.

They were joined by Glee Club Challenge winners Finch Stage School, which is based at Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, Forest Road, Barkingside, whose singers performed three times.

The show was kicked off with a performance of the Jack Petchey anthem The Hero Within, by Young and Talented, before Gateway to Music gave the audience a rousing rendition of The Superman Theme.

Throughout the evening young recipients of awards and schemes organised by the foundation highlighted how they had shaped their lives and given them a focus for the future.

The festival also marked the foundation having invested £1bn in young people in east London and Essex over the period it has been in existence.

East End Entrepreneur Jack Petchey, 89, who set up the foundation, was present at the event at the end of which he was thanked by two students for helping so many young people.

Entertainment included singing, dancing, a drumming performance by cadets from You London and a unique West End stage display of table tennis!

The foundation’s anniversary anthem I Believe was also premiered by Jacob and Co and Finch Stage School.

Foundation chief executive Trudy Kilcullen said afterwards: “This event was a true celebration and shows what young people can do with a little bit of nurturing, opportunity and self-belief.

“I left the evening totally inspired. I feel proud that all at the Jack Petchey Foundation can honestly say – our mission is being fulfilled!”

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