THE Redditch Orchestra have played their part in raising £400 each for three charities from an American-themed concert at the Evesham Arts Centre.
The Fladbury-based Vale Harmony Barbershop Chorus and the Vale Connection Ladies a cappella chorus from Evesham teamed up in a unique collaboration with the orchestra for an evening of music and song celebrating the USA.
They raised around £1,200 which included £415 profit on a raffle conducted by the Worcester branch of Leukaemia Care. The remaining proceeds will be shared equally between St Richard’s Hospice and the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal.
The Evesham event, compered by BBC TV presenter Michael Collie, was the second performance of the show, following on from a concert at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove on American Independence Day on July 4.
Ian Fothergill, chairman of Vale Harmony, said: “We were delighted to combine with Vale Connection and put on a charity show with such a variety of songs. It was a great experience to work alongside an orchestra for the first time and our thanks go to the musicians of The Redditch Orchestra.”
Rosemarie Davies, chair of Vale Connection, added: “It was such an enjoyable evening and we’re really pleased to have made so much money to help local charities”.
Mikki Camfield, fundraiser for Leukaemia Care, said it was a fabulous night: “We made a wonderful total of £415 from the raffle which is truly amazing and will help us so much in supporting people suffering from blood and lymphatic cancers”.
For more information see www.valeharmony.co.uk and www.valeconnection.weebly.com.