Talented young tenor to perform in Sheffield for the Women of Steel Appeal

Four of our city's Women of Steel, Dorothy Slingsby, Ruby Gascoigne, Kit Sollitt and Kathleen Roberts
Four of our city's Women of Steel, Dorothy Slingsby, Ruby Gascoigne, Kit Sollitt and Kathleen Roberts
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A teenage singer - honoured in The Star’s Super Kids Awards - is to perform at Sheffield Town Hall to raise cash for the The Star’s Women of Steel Appeal.

Tom Donaldson-Badger - touted as the next Russell Watson - will treat the audience to an evening of swing and classic at the concert at the Town Hall’s reception rooms on Friday, June 13.

Tom Donaldson Badger

Tom Donaldson Badger

The tenor has performed before a crowd of 18,000 at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium in the past and at the centenary celebrations for Mother Teresa in India several years ago.

His latest Sheffield concert, called Women of Steel, has all been planned and designed by the 16-year-old himself.

Tom will be joined on stage by guest artists Jenny May Wardman and Max Restaino.

Both Tom and Max are full time students at the Elliott Kennedy Academy.

Launch of Star Walk at Hillsborough Sports Arena with Sheffield's Women of Steel....Pictured is The Women of Steel Statue

Launch of Star Walk at Hillsborough Sports Arena with Sheffield's Women of Steel....Pictured is The Women of Steel Statue

Tom, who lives near Bawtry, is also a student of the Pius Hulme School of Singing in Sheffield.

He said: “The aim is to involve as many Sheffield people as possible in the final push for commemorating the wonderful steel women of Sheffield.”

Profits from the concert will go towards the Women of Steel Appeal, set up to try to raise £150,000 for a statue to honour the women who kept Sheffield’s steel mills going while the city’s men went off to fight in two world wars.

The appeal is now just several thousands pounds away from its target with a number of other fundraising events due to take place to try to raise the total needed.

The work of woman, now in their late 80s, 90s and even 100s, went virtually unrecognised for years.

The concert begins at 7.15pm, with tickets priced at £5 per person, or £10, which includes a pre-concert meal of pie and peas served from 6.30pm.

Tickets are available by emailing Coun Pat Midgley at patricia.midgley@sheffield.gov.uk or Coun John Campbell at john.campbell@sheffield.gov.uk.

Organisers are looking for donations towards the cost of staging the concert, so that all money raised through admission and raffle ticket sales can go to the Women of Steel Appeal.

Email Councillors Midgley or Campbell.