One More Light for Christmas

Last week a number of eager Thirteen colleagues joined others from across the Tees Valley for the very first One More Light rehearsal.


6 Nov 2019

It was an absolutely fantastic evening of singing and laugher for a really great cause and with more rehearsals planned over the next few weeks, we’re sure if you come along, you’ll really enjoy it.

Organised by Mike McGrother from the Wildcats of Kilkenny and launched at a Thirteen event on World Suicide Prevention Day… One More Light is Mike’s most ambitious project yet.

Describing the project, our very own Michael Cook who is working alongside Mike Mcgrother, said:

“Teesside built the world. Now is the time to help us build bridge’s once again, but this time using our hearts and compassion rather than iron and steel.

“To help us do this a thousand Teessiders will be coming together to record Linkin’ Park’s ‘One More Light’.

“Thirteen alongside schools, colleges, and the blue light services, are all committed to making a difference."

So how can you get involved?

The aim is to get as many Teessiders involved and as one of several local organsations that are sponsoring the project we’d love it if you or others who live, work or are part of the Thirteen community get involved – whether you can sing or not. The song will be performed at each of the local council’s Christmas light switch-on and will be released in time for Christmas.

The aim is:

  • To raise awareness 
  • Build relationships 
  • Create a legacy of local groups that can support people when they most need it.

If you’d like to join the choir, you’ll be asked to come along to:

  • As few or as many rehearsals as you like
  • The recording of the song on Saturday 16 November at Stockton Parish Church
  • Perform in at least one of the Christmas light switch on’s


Venue Date Time
Darlington Hippodrome, John Wade Bar Friday 8 November 2:30pm – 4pm
Preston Hall Museum Saturday 9 November 2pm – 3pm
Earthbeat, Saltburn Saturday 9 November 4pm – 5pm
Greatham Community Hall, Hartlepool Sunday 10 November 11:30pm – 12:30pm
 Middlesbrough Council Chamber (enter through Town Hall courtyard) Monday 11 November 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Middlesbrough Council Chamber (enter through Town Hall courtyard) Monday 11 November 6pm – 7pm
Hartlepool Town Hall Tuesday 12 November 7pm – 8pm
Thirteen’s Northshore Office, Northshore Road (next to the Infinity Bridge) Wednesday 13 November 1pm – 2pm
Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough Wednesday 13 November 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Stockton VI Form College (final open rehearsal) Thursday 14 November 7pm – 8:30pm

 *Please make sure you attend at least one rehearsal, so you know the harmony.


Venue Date Time
Stockton Parish Church (opposite Debenhams) Saturday 16 November 3:30pm – Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar groups
Stockton Parish Church (opposite Debenhams) Saturday 16 November 5:30pm – Stockton, Darlington and everyone else!

*Online release date: Friday 22 November at noon

Christmas light switch on performances – exact details to follow

Venue Date Time
Darlington Sunday 24 November Approx 5pm
Middlesbrough Thursday 28 November Approx 7:15pm
Hartlepool Friday 29 November Approx 6:30pm
Saltburn Saturday 30 November TBC
Billingham Saturday 7 December Approx 4:30pm