Children in Need Concert, The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Mark Read from boy band A1 will perform at the charity evening.
Mark Read from boy band A1 will perform at the charity evening.
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For a night of entertainment that’s for a good cause, go to the Kings Theatre on Sunday.

The Southsea theatre will host a Children in Need concert to raise money for the charity.

The News Instant Star winner Mollie Jay Hughes is in the line-up.

The News Instant Star winner Mollie Jay Hughes is in the line-up.

Mark Read, a member of Brit award-winning band A1, will be performing as well as The News Instant Star talent contest winner Mollie Jay Hughes.

They share the line-up with Manic Stage Productions, South Downs College, Fine Voice Singers, LKSA, Abstract Arts, Cantando FVC, Cold Heart Revue, The News Instant Star runner-up Declan Robertson, Portsmouth Music Service, Theatre Arts UK and Rachel Stella Layton.

Having recently moved to Havant, Mark is looking forward to performing with some local talent.

He says: ‘It will be a nice opportunity for me to perform in what is now my local town, and that it’s for charity is an added bonus.’

My bandmate Christian [Ingebrigtsen] is Norwegian and he was afraid that if we did a bad job he wouldn’t be allowed back in the country

A1’s Mark Read on their cover of A-ha’s Take On Me

Audiences can expect to hear songs from his musical past and present.

‘I have got a pretty big back catalogue with A1 which we still perform and songs I have written for artists like Boyzone, Charlotte Church and Robin Gibb.’

Mark says that all of A1’s songs were written by the band – apart from their cover of A-ha’s Take On Me which hit number one in the UK singles chart in 2000.

‘That was our first number one,’ says Mark. ‘We had had several top 10 hits and our management said the best way to reach a wider audience was with a cover.

‘My bandmate Christian [Ingebrigtsen] is Norwegian and he was afraid that if we did a bad job he wouldn’t be allowed back in the country.’

The Children in Need concert starts at 6pm. Tickets: £6, £3 concessions.

Call the box office on (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk. All proceeds go to the Children in Need charity.