Winter concert to raise funds for local charities

Rugby School, Sunday 4 December 2016, 4.00pm

Talented musical students from Rugby School will join forces with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphonic Brass on Sunday 4 December, when the school hosts a special winter concert to raise funds for two local charities.

Myton Hospice, which works with patients and their families across Warwickshire, and the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, which has supported seven year old Eleanor Brinkley from Rugby who had a liver transplant in the summer, are the two charities who will share the money raised by the concert, with all of the ticket sales being split equally between the two charities.

“This is a fantastic, festive concert with many of the school’s most talented groups performing – from the concert band to the jazz orchestra and choir – and we’re delighted that the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphonic Brass will be joining us, too,” comments director of music, Richard Tanner.  “These are some of the best young musicians in the Midlands, so we’re expecting an incredibly high quality of performance, and fundraising for these two great charities makes it all the more worthwhile.”

The concert takes place in the Temple Speech Room at Rugby School at 5.00pm on Sunday 4 December and lasts around 90 minutes.  Mince pies, mulled wine and juice will be available for purchase during the interval, with all proceeds also being donated to the two charities. 

“We are very thankful and honoured to be one of two charities chosen to be supported by Rugby School for this year’s Winter Concert. All of our services are provided free of charge and we therefore need to raise over £8.4 million every year to continue providing our services. It is thanks to generous people like the staff, pupils and parents at Rugby School that we are able to reach this target and continue providing the best possible care and support for our patients and their loved ones,” comments Myton Hospice’s community fundraiser, Rachael Stevens.

Rachel’s thoughts are echoed by Alison Taylor, chief executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation: “We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood liver disease. We do this by providing information, emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all affected. To do this we rely entirely on voluntary donations so we are delighted and very grateful to hear that the staff and pupils at Rugby School have chosen to do this for us. The funds they raise will enable us to continue to make a difference to the many families affected by childhood liver disease.”

Organisers are hoping that the concert follows the success of the recent Remembrance Day concert, which saw over 600 people filling the hall for the première performance of A-level student May de la Rue’s Requiem.

Tickets for the Winter Concert cost just £5 per person, and are available from Rugby School’s Temple Reading Room or by calling 01788 556227.

For more details on music at Rugby School, please visit www.rugbyschool.co.uk

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For further information: contact Claire Bradley, Rugby School Music Administrator, on 01788 556207 email: CLB@rugbyschool.net

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