Voices for Hospices Choir Concert in aid of Hampshire's Hospices
The Voices for Hospices Choir is delighted to announce that after a wonderful concert held at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens on 2nd September 2023, raised an amazing £26,000 for Hampshire’s Hospices, including Oakhaven Hospice.
On a lovely sunny and warm day, around 700 singers met in the Gardens for the only rehearsal, for the evening performance of “The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace” by Sir Karl Jenkins.
Singers were joined by friends and family for a lively picnic at the top of the performance arena before the concert start at 7.00pm. All were invited to visit our Hospice Village, where all eight of our Hospices had a presence.
The CEO of both Mountbatten Hospices, Nigel Hartley, spoke movingly of the need for Hospice care and the necessary preparedness of friends and family, which together with our VfH Choir Chaplain, the Rev Marion Dodd, and a message read out from Sir Karl, combined together to start a moving and exciting concert.
John Sutton conducted the VfH Sinfonia, a small group of virtuoso instrumentalists, who accompanied sensitively and with great excitement for the various movements in the work. Together with our four soloists, they all achieved a standard not normally associated with a “Come and Sing” performance.
As daylight turned to dusk and then to dark, the singers switched on their mobile phones and torches, which together with the purple up lit trees and bushes made the whole experience magical for all present.
“Spine tingling” “Gave me goosebumps” “So moving” “An amazing sing” are just a few comments from the hundreds of emails received by VfH Choir.
Thank you all for your presence and contributions to this amazing cause.
The official handover of the money raised will be at midday on the 1st December at the Mountbatten Hampshire charity chalet at Winchester Christmas Market. Do come and see it, and visit the market as well!