Candlelighters Concert ‘Songs From The Shows’

Headingley Rotary Club is sponsoring a concert to raise funds for Candlelighters on Saturday, 17 March – 2.30 – 4.45 pm in The Great Hall of Leeds University.

St Mary’s Youth Theatre from Garforth will be performing Songs From The Shows in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Jane Dowson. Candlelighters is her designated charity for the year.

St Mary’s Youth Group, a very talented set of performers, is now in its twenty-fifth Year. You can read more about them and about Candlelighters in the attached leaflet which also tells you how to obtain tickets (£10 adults; £5 under 12).

St Mary’s Youth Theatre in Garforth, Leeds are currently rehearsing for a huge concert to raise funds for Candlelighters, the charity that supports children with cancer and their families across Yorkshire.

St Mary’s Youth Theatre is a registered charity which started 25 years ago in Garforth to give the youth of the Community somewhere to go and keep them out of trouble.

As this is their silver anniversary, they will be singing songs from every past production including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Rent, We Will Rock You and from their most recent production, Disney’s Camp Rock.

Their members range from 8 to 18 years old. Soloists include Jessica Northam, Sam Dorsman, Molly Bollinger and Joe Broadhead who have all successfully auditioned for this concert. Many past members have gone on to study musical theatre or drama at university or appear professionally in musicals. One past member even appeared in the recent film Les Miserables.

The director and producer, Stephen Archdale, has run St Mary’s Youth Theatre since its inception, tirelessly volunteering to direct and produce the theatres annual production and concerts.

The concert for Candlelighters is on Saturday 17th March at The Great Hall, University of Leeds from 2:30pm. We are delighted that The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr. Jane Dowson, will be attending our concert. All profits will go to Candlelighters which is the Lord Mayor’s chosen charity this year.

It is a joint collaboration between Headingley Rotary Club who are organising the event, St Mary’s Youth Theatre who are performing and the University of Leeds who are kindly providing the venue, as well as covering the cost of refreshments and the printing of the tickets.

Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser for Candlelighters said: “We are delighted to have the support from everyone involved in the concert. The Great Hall at Leeds University holds 500 people so we are hoping it will be a huge success and raise a fantastic amount for Candlelighters. This will make a huge difference to families facing childhood cancer across Yorkshire.”

If you would like to buy a ticket they are now available priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children under 12 years old. You can buy tickets on the Candlelighters website here:

or by contacting Christopher Walbank from the Headingley Rotary on 0113 278 0094 or 0795 1213651 or alternatively by e-mailing


About Candlelighters


Established in 1976, Candlelighters is a children’s charity dedicated to combating childhood cancer, leukaemia and serious blood disorders.

The charity supports children and families from all over Yorkshire.

Each year, in Yorkshire alone, around 150 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer.

In February 2015, they opened The Square, a support centre for families who are being or have been affected by childhood cancer.

The charity invests around half a million pounds each year into research.

Candlelighters invests in the wards at the Leeds General Infirmary by funding posts and equipment.

The charity offers family support in many forms, from practical financial support for families and funded holidays, to talking therapies, wellbeing treatments and support groups for siblings.

In order to sustain their services, Candlelighters needs to raise £1.5m every year.

To keep up to date with what’s happening at Candlelighters please visit or follow the team on twitter @CandlelightersT


For additional enquiries please contact Lucy Brown at or call 0113 3229283 or write to us at The Square:

Candlelighters, The Square, 8 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

UK registered charity number: 1045077

UK registered company number: 3020552