Cycling chorister will Sing Around Iceland

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A YORKSHIRE chorister is tuning up for a 1,000-mile charity cycle challenge across Iceland with a novel spin – he’ll be singing for his supper at the end of each leg of his adventure.

Daniel Hutton, who lives in Harrogate, hopes his eight-week tour with a difference will strike a chord with Icelandic families as he offers them a private solo concert in their front room, in return for a meal and a bed for the night.

During his 27-year musical career, Daniel has sung in front of tens of thousands of people. But the idea of performing in the intimate setting of someone’s house, singing in front of as few as one or two people, fills him with excitement.

He said: “I came up with the idea of singing my way around Iceland as I did not want to spend all my savings on accommodation, and was determined that all the money I raise goes towards the worthy causes I am supporting both here and over there.

“Apart from buying provisions along the way this is the only support I will get during my trip and I will have to take everything I need for two months with me.”

His Sing Around Iceland initiative is supporting two charities, Carers’ Resource, which is based in Harrogate, Ripon, Bradford and Skipton, supporting those who care for others when they need help; and Ljósið, a meeting place, support group and lifeline for sufferers from cancer in Reykjavik.

Daniel, aged 35, currently sings with Harrogate Choral Society, Beckwithshaw Church Choir, and Good In Parts – a community choir in North Leeds with whom he visited Iceland last year.

“We were humbled by their hospitality and thrilled by their sense of fun,” he said. “I vowed to return when I had the chance to stay for longer and repay some of that hospitality by doing something in return,” he said.

As a guide, he plans to leave Kopavogur and Reykjavik in the second week of August, and is expecting to take around three weeks to cycle around Snaefellsnes peninsula and the Westfjords in north-west Iceland, reaching Akureyri by the start of September and Egilstaðir in eastern Iceland by mid-September.

He also hopes to visit the Westman Islands and Thorsmork in southern Iceland.

Daniel, who works at Marks & Spencer in Harrogate and is a member of the town’s casual cycling group WheelEasy, added: “I will try to give an idea of how far I have got and when I think I am likely to arrive in a region, so that if anyone is able to offer me a bed they can see when I might reach them and decide if they can help.”

For more information, or to donate, go to www.singaroundiceland.com