RISING rockstars from Stratford will be performing at Coventry’s Albany Theatre in the name of charities close to their hearts.
The Ripchords formed after the closure of Stratford Music Centre with the help of music-minded parents and friends.
They have since performed in a number of venues around Stratford, as well as Coventry’s Godiva festival, and now have their sights now firmly set on The Albany.
The gig takes place on March 5, and profits will be split between Diabetes UK, and Kaleidoscope Plus, a charity that supports youngsters suffering with mental health issues – with a focus on self harm and suicide prevention.
The work of these charities has played a huge part in the lives of band members, most notably Will and Luca who were both diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at an early age.
Bass player Luca said: “Being in a band and having music as an outlet away from diabetes has helped me cope massively with my condition over the past few years.
“Will and I, together with the rest of the lads, wanted to do something to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK which is a great charity that does so much research on finding new ways for people to live more easily with the condition.”
The band also want to shine a spotlight on mental health In young people particularly in light of the pandemic.
Singer songwriter Cerys, who will be performing with the band, has experienced her own mental health issues and is very open about her struggles.
Cerys said: “Music has really helped me deal with my mental health. All aspects of it – performing, writing, meeting new amazing people – it’s just brought so much joy into my life and helped me express myself when I’m at both my highest and lowest. It’s helped me to become more confident in myself especially through all my struggles.”
The six piece will be performing a night of Rock n’ Pop classics, joined by Redditch musician Cerys and Scottish 80s pop sensation Owen Paul, supporting with an acoustic set.
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