Amanda and her friends lend a hand – charity concert for “Children on the Edge”

Amanda Berry is very public spirited. She’s also a fine ‘cello player, so she and her good-hearted friends are putting on a charity event in aid of the Chichester based charity, Children on the Edge. The venue is St Pancras Church, Chichester, PO19 7LJ and the time is 7.00 pm on Saturday 4 May. Admission is free but donations would be most welcome.

This mini-concert promises to be a first-class show. Amanda will play the beautiful Jewish Yom Kippur Prayer Kol Nidrei, composed by Max Bruch. A version of it was once sung by Perry Como. She will also play that well known ‘cello piece, The Swan from the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. Amanda is well known as the principal ‘cellist with the Petersfield Orchestra and a member of the outstanding Kalore Trio.

Joining Amanda for the performance will be singer Chelsie Robinson from Newport, South Wales, classical guitarist John Mason from Chichester and pianist Samantha Hudson who teaches music and piano in the Solent area. Chelsie is a third-year student at Chichester University. The ensemble will perform lighter items from stage musicals and even a popular football anthem. In short, there’ll be something for everyone.

“Children on the Edge” is such a worthy cause. It exists to help marginalised and forgotten children who are living on the edge of their societies. These are children without parental care, neglected or persecuted by their governments; who are largely ignored by international media and missed by major overseas agencies.

Working in partnership with local communities, Children on the Edge helps to create safe and friendly environments. The charity supports children to realise their rights and restore the ingredients of a full childhood by generating hope, life, colour and fun. Among the charity’s current activities are: providing education work for 7,500 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh and supporting education for 300 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

These are noble sentiments indeed and Amanda and her musical friends are making use of their musical talents to help.

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