A singer from the North East is getting ready to run her first Great North Run and is making the most of her talents to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Anna Reay, from Whickham, has released single ‘Sunset on the Tyne’ – dedicated to all those running the Great North Run this year and those they are running for.
She will perform the song live for the first time at Gala Theatre on Sunday, 17 September, just a week after taking part in the race.
“I’ve never done the run before and I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified, but still very excited to be part of the famous half marathon,” she said.
“I agreed to do the GNR 2017 with my lifelong friend Helen Watson whose Dad sadly passed away last year. We’re running with her two brothers Ian and David and want to raise as much money as possible for Prostate Cancer UK.
“When I agreed to do the Great North Run I felt so passionate about it. All the stories behind the reasons people are running really inspired me to write the lyrics for this new song.”
The song will be one of a number of original tracks performed live at Anna’s show ‘Great Ladies of Song’ at Gala next month, which will also include hits from singers including Nina Simone, Maria Callas, Eva Cassidy and Whitney Houston plus many more.
The song also features Anna’s duo partner Deon Krishnan who helped write the music, Stu Haikney from Scottish contemporary folk band the Peatbog Faeries on drums and Steve Whitfield on keyboards.
Esteemed violinist Peter Tickell, who has just finished touring with Sting, and deputy Northumbrian piper for his grace the Duke of Northumberland Andrew Davison also joined Anna in the recording studio.
Tickets to the show, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £16 or £14 for concessions and can be purchased online or by calling Gala Theatre Box Office on 03000 266 600.