Charity Gala Concert
In aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Town Hall and Symphony Hall
Education & Community Programme
7.30PM, SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER
£15, £19.50, £25
A special gala performance from the London Welsh Male Voice Choir and Mezzo Soprano Gaynor Keeble is set to raise funds for the work of Town Hall & Symphony Hall?s Education & Community Programme and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, supported by The Patrick Trust.
The choir will perform an uplifting selection of Christmas favourites alongside opera choruses, spirituals, folk songs and hits from popular musicals, including The Impossible Dream, Myfawny, You Raise Me Up, Soldiers? Chorus, Working Man, Yr Anthem Geltaidd, Rachie and many more.
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, now over a century old, formed in 1902 and quickly gained a reputation for excellence in performance and success in competition in England, Wales and Paris. In 2007 they became the first male voice choir to sing at the new Wembley Stadium, and they have also sung at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff before many of Wales? home rugby internationals. The choir has appeared with Take That at Earls Court and recorded with Charlotte Church, Aled Jones and Bryn Terfel.
Mezzo Soprano Gaynor Keeble trained at the University of Warwick and the Royal Academy of Music, and is now based locally in Balsall Common. She has performed with the Welsh National Opera and English Touring Opera, and recently made her Royal Opera House debut.
This evening?s concert is supported by The Patrick Trust, with all monies raised being split evenly between Mr Alexander Patrick?s two most important charities: Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Town Hall & Symphony Hall?s Education & Community programme.
The Patrick Trust was founded by the late Joseph Patrick in 1962 in memory of his son, Andrew, who had muscular dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease. The Patrick Trust has over the years supported the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, and as the fund has increased it has been in a position to make grants to other medical organisations and the arts.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the leading UK charity focusing on muscle disease. It has pioneered the search for treatments and cures for 50 years, and is dedicated to improving the lives of all people affected by muscle disease. It funds world-class research to find effective treatments and cures; provides free practical and emotional support; campaigns to raise awareness and bring about change and awards grants towards the cost of specialist equipment.
Town Hall and Symphony Hall has a vibrant Education & Community Department, which reaches over 10,000 people a year.
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Image attached: London Welsh Male Voice Choir, July 2008
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir
Charity Gala Concert
In aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Town Hall and Symphony Hall Education & Community Programme
Town, Hall, Birmingham
7.30pm, Saturday 5 December
£15, £19.50, £25
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).
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Issue date: Tuesday 3 November 2009