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Voices for Hospices Choir massed Come and Sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Winchester Cathedral October 12th 2019

19/08/2019

Come and support or sing with us!

Our concert on Saturday 12 October will be supporting all seven Hampshire based Hospices: Countess of Brecknock, Countess Mountbatten, Naomi House and Jacksplace, Oakhaven, Rowans, St Michael’s and the soon to be opened Winchester Hospice.

We will have over 500 singers raising the roof of Winchester Cathedral, together with orchestra, soloists and our conductor. Every singer and audience member pay £25 each for the pleasure of attending the concert! The Dean the Very Rev Catherine Ogle will open the concert proceedings. The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and the Mayor of Winchester and Lawrie McMenemy will head our list of VIP’s.

We were honoured to be awarded the Mayor of Winchester’s Community Award for 2018/19

We have been made Charity Concert of Winchester Cathedral for 2019. A huge honour.

Lawrie McMenemy has graciously agreed to be our Patron. He has supported our Voices for Hospices Choir Concerts over the last 9 years.

World-renowned Bass-Baritone Sir Thomas Allen is singing the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He is giving his services for free, as are many of the other soloists, orchestra and the organising committee of the Voices for Hospices Choir team. We have a Winchester Cathedral Chorister singing the “Youth” solo in the performance of Elijah.

We have just been awarded £2000 in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

All ticket money and donations on the day go to our Hampshire Hospices, which means that all the setup concert costs need to be raised through our own fundraising efforts. We have been helped in this by grants from eight HCC Councillors, a Barn Dance, An Island Garden Visit, A Bridge Afternoon, raffles and auctions and of course Tesco’s Bags of Help. We are also having a Choral Workshop in September, to rehearse the choruses from Elijah being sung in the Cathedral. All info is available from www.vfhchoir.com.

We aim to make this concert an exciting and memorable performance for both singers and audience alike and raising much need funds and awareness of the wonderful work our Hospices give freely to all Hampshire residents.

Author: Jenny and John Sutton
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