THE Lord Mayor of York is drawing up plans for a charity gala featuring a specially created choir and civic orchestra.

The concert, which takes place at York Barbican at 7pm on Saturday March 29, is part of Cllr Ian Gillies' drive to raise funds for his two charities, York Against Cancer and York Teaching Hospital Charity.

York Civic Youth Choir is a specially commissioned choir of more than150 children, which will perform under the leadership of Molly Newton, a local music teacher and lecturer of education.

The York Civic Orchestra has also been specially commissioned, and will perform under the baton of Tom Marlow, who has been involved in many local musical concerts and shows.

Also appearing will be York Concert Band, who travelled to Paris to perform at the final stages of the Tour de France and the Grand Old Uke of York, who appeared at the opening ceremony of the Grand Depart at the Leeds Arena.

Rachel Croft and Leo James Conroy, often seen busking in the city centre, will also tread the boards, along with Sam Johnson’s Big Band, whilst Ish Herd will perform some musical comedy to entertain the audience.

A group of young male singers from Archbishop Holgate’s School, “Archies Boys Aloud” have also been added to the programme, and further guests are expected to be invited in time.

Cllr Gillies said the concert would be a 'wonderful showcase' of the local talent in York and surrounding areas.

"The event itself and the planning done so far is a testament to the many individuals and groups who have a real pride in their city and fortunately for us, a civic pride," he said.

*Tickets costing £14 for adults and £12 concessions and children under 14, are on sale at York Barbican's box office.