Rick Wakeman backs Long Eaton theatre group

The Young Performers, Long Eaton

Ross Lowe | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rick Wakeman backs Long Eaton theatre group written by Ross Lowe for Downstage Centre, published on Thursday, June 11, 2015Rick says 'Yes' - Prog rock icon Rick Wakeman lends his support to Long Eaton's Young Performers

A Derbyshire youth theatre group have received star support for their next production - and look set to get a visit from a prog-rock icon!


Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth Young Performers Long Eaton Derbyshire

Long Eaton's Young Performers were given special permission to perform Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth by none other than the Yes frontman himself - a huge honour for the group.


And as if that weren't exciting enough for the Derbyshire youth ensemble, Rick has since written on his blog, 'Grumpy Old Rick's Ramblings', that he's going to head over to the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton to witness the spectacle for himself.


Director and fellow keyboardist Leon Wade is a huge fan of Wakeman and is understandably ecstatic, having met his idol earlier this year. His arrangement has proven to be a huge and exciting challenge for the Young Performers but they have lapped it up and are all-set to present a great night of entertainment when the show opens later this month.


Tickets for Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which runs from June 18-20, are available at www.theyoungperformers.co.uk or via Fugue Music in Long Eaton T. 0115 9721967


Proceeds from the show go the Grand Order of Water Rats Charity Fund.


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