11.14.12 12 Days Of Christmas Auction Benefiting the Rainforest Foundation UK!


The Rainforest Foundation UK is hosting an auction, featuring items that have been donated by celebrities, luxury labels, and esteemed brands, to raise funds to protect the world's rain forests.

The 12 Days of Christmas, an online auction now celebrating its third year, will run until November 25, 2012. The auction is hosted by Ebay at www.ebay.co.uk/12days. Some of the exclusive items available include an autographed Signature Series Precision Bass Guitar from Sting, tickets to Sting's Back to Bass concert in Singapore on December 13, a London 2012 t-shirt signed by Olympic medalists including Tom Daley, Nicola Adams, and more, signed memorabilia from Hobbit and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian Mackellen, Olivia Newton-John, and much more!
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Playwright Lee Hall and musician Sting have provided extra funding towards the In Harmony NewcastleGateshead project that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities, using the power and disciplines of orchestral music-making. The Sage Gateshead was chosen to lead the three year regional project working with Hawthorn Primary School in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Based on the principles of Venezuela’s inspirational* El Sistema* – which produced the world famous Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra – the project will give every child in the school access to a musical instrument and music tutors on a daily basis. In order to deliver the sessions regularly, the school requires extra space to be able to house rehearsals and workshops...

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Gerry Richardson's Big Idea is a dynamic nine-piece Hammond organ based band exploring the jazz organ genre to the max! Soul, Gospel, Funk, Swing and Samba are all part of the mix. Add to that some kicking original tunes, many written as tributes to the legendary jazz and soul musicians who have inspired Gerry throughout his career and you get an unbeatable format for a great nights' music. Speaking of the Big Idea's 'Cooking At The Cluny' album, Sting said "Turn up the album loud enough for your neighbours to hear, imagine yourself in a steamy, heaving club in Newcastle and let the warm currents of music wash over you, soothe your body and nourish your soul. Enjoy!". Tickets are available for what promises to be a terrific night at thesagegateshead.org/event/gerry-richardson/...

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Sting may be celebrating 25 years in music, but the one-time "Police" frontman hates to look back, he told AFP on the final stretch of a year-long tour that wraps up in Asia in December. "I'm not a very nostalgic person. It's just not in my nature," the singer said in an email interview, before arriving in France this week for the latest leg in the "Back to Bass" tour, launched in 2011. Once the tour is over - the last programmed date is in Jakarta on December 15, final stop after half a dozen Asian gigs - Sting intends to move on. "After this tour, I'm switching gears a bit and will continue work on the play I'm writing," said the singer, born Gordon Sumner, who just turned 61...

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In an effort to alleviate some of the suffering caused by Hurricane Sandy's devastation earlier this week, NBC Universal hosted a live benefit concert, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," on Friday (November 2). Proceeds from the hour-long telethon, which featured a slew of charitably-minded A-list celebrities who donated their time and voices to the cause, will go to the American Red Cross. Hosted by "Today" show's Matt Lauer, the commercial-free affair included heartfelt performances from East Coast natives Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Mary J Blige and Jon Bon Jovi (who rushed home from London to be there)...