Singer’s private and public concerts to help food bank charity

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A SOUTH Tyneside singer is promising music lovers the best seat in the house – as he gets set to hit a high note for a good cause.

Paul Banks is raising funds for Hospitality and Hope, a Christian organisation which runs the South Tyneside Food Bank, by offering to showcase his vocal talents in residents’ own homes as well as at clubs in the borough.

The 55-year-old tenor, from Warwick Street, South Shields, is already swelling the coffers of the charity by performing an evening of English songs at St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, in Westoe Road, South Shields, alongside soloists Oliver Cook and Rob Barnes in March.

More concerts are in the pipeline at St Jude’s, St Hilda’s, and All Saints churches in South Shields.

He is also planning a performance at the Holy Island’s Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Beverly Minster, Bede World Church (Jarrow), Carlisle Cathedral and lunchtime recitals at Newcastle’s Lit & Phil and King’s Hall.

But those keen for their own private concert can enjoy Paul’s singing without leaving their living room.

Paul said: “I’m committed to raising as much money as possible from singing for Hospitality and Hope. It’s a fantastic charity and figures up to October show that over 900 people were helped with 1,357 emergency food parcels. This is expected to grow throughout 2015.

“I’m happy to perform anywhere to raise funds. In fact, I’ll even go into people’s homes to perform concerts in front rooms for families, neighbours, friends and anyone else who might be dropping by.

“It might also be of interest to clubs and societies in the area who also want to become involved in raising money for the charity.”

Paul’s musical career began playing tenor horn with the South Tyneside School’s Brass Band and as an 11-year old chorister at St Michael and All Angels. He made his professional musical debut at the age of 14 playing principal horn for the South Shields Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of Princess Ida.

In recent years he has performed with the Newcastle Singers and now sings with Northern Proclassica, Voices of Hope, Project Singing and The Sunderland University Choir.

Tickets for the March 7 recital at St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, which gets underway at 7pm, are priced at £5.

For more information about booking Paul Banks for a concert, call 670 6365 or visit the Hospitality and Hope internet website,

Hospitality and Hope was Formed in 2002 and provide soup kitchens and food banks from a number of venues across South Tyneside.

The registered charity is totally volunteer run and managed.