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Italian gospel choir flies in for fundraiser

An award winning gospel choir from Italy is appearing at Glasgow’s Pollokshaws Town Hall this month to raise funds for the Scottish Huntington’s Association.

The Harmony Gospel Singers are renowned group of singers and musicians directed by Stefania Mauro who have entertained audiences around the world

Stefania is graduate of the Royal School of Music in London, she said:

‘We are really excited to be heading for Scotland to help fund the work of this great charity, it will be our first performances there and we are hoping that we can attract a big turn out on the night.’

Their last CD release ‘UP’ won the Best Academy of Music Award at the Akademia Music Awards, Los Angeles in 2016.

The SHA supports families impacted by the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD) through a national network of HD specialists; a world leading youth support team and its financial wellbeing service.

HD is a complex condition with symptoms that typically begin to develop between the ages of 30 and 50. It causes three main groups of symptoms: changes to thinking processes – a type of early onset dementia, loss of muscle control and involuntary movements which lead to loss of speech and swallow along with mental illness. Those impacted by HD may eventually lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or make decisions and will eventually need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease. There is no cure.

It is estimated there are around 1100 people living with HD in Scotland and up to 6000 potentially at risk.

‘Getting support from an internationally recognised choir like the Harmony Gospel Singers is a great coup for us. They’re style is energetic and a true expression of African American church music, it promises to be a great night,’ said SHA community fundraiser, Gemma Powell.

The concert takes place on April 26, door 1845 tickets £10 available from Gemma on 0141 848 0308 gemma.powell@hdscotland.org.

Video of the choir in action can be viewed here.

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