Massed Come and Sing with the Voices for Hospices Choir
Saturday 2nd September 2023
Join the Voices for Hospices Choir performance of The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace.
The Voices for Hospice Choir will be holding a Massed Come and Sing event at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey on Saturday 2nd September 2023, in aid of eight Hampshire hospices, including Oakhaven Hospice. All are welcome to come along and sing or watch this beautiful event.
The Voices for Hospices Choir is a not-for-profit company, set up in 2014 to continue the work of the Voices for Hospices movement, started in 1986 at the Princess Alice Hospice, Surrey.
The original aim of the movement was to raise money and awareness for hospices, firstly in UK and then gradually across the world. By the 1990s there were over 600 concerts in 60 countries. John Sutton (the conductor of this concert) and his wife Jenny, have been taking part and organising massed Come and Sing concerts every year since 1986, some 36 years (apart from the Covid years!)
To date, Voices for Hospices concerts have raised many thousands of pounds for the chosen Hospices. The last two concerts have been solely for Hampshire Hospices.
This year the Voices for Hospices Choir is supporting eight Hampshire Hospices:
Countess of Brecknock, Andover
Mountbatten Hampshire, West End
Mountbatten Isle of Wight
Naomi House and Jacksplace, Sutton Scotney
St Michael’s, Basingstoke
Winchester Hospice, Winchester.
All eight Hospices rely totally on donations to supply the services so necessary to patients as they face life-limiting and end-of-life issues. These services can be supplied at the hospices, as daycare or as an inpatient, or in a patient’s own home. In these challenging times, raising these funds (often in excess of £8m for each hospice) is proving exceedingly difficult.
Tickets for singers and audience alike are £25 each and VfH Choir is eligible to collect Gift Aid. Buy tickets here.
We aim to ensure that all ticket monies and donations on concert day go directly to our eight Hampshire Hospices. All costs (orchestra, soloists, venue, flyers, posters, sound, lighting, admin etc) are raised in advance by our fantastic team of VfHers who freely give of their time to organise a wide range of fundraising events and are also very active on concert day.
Taking place in the stunning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Our concerts are hugely enjoyed by singers, audiences and our Hospices and are held in unusual settings where the numbers of singers are often greater than those in the audience!
Venues have included Kempton Park Racecourse, Eastleigh Football Ground, Romsey Abbey and Winchester Cathedral and this year’s concert will take place in the beautiful Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with around 1000 singers and an audience.
A mass for peace
The emblem of the hospice movement worldwide is the sunflower, and it is fitting that we use this flower, in the mouth of a dove, on our posters and flyers, for it is also the National Flower of Ukraine. These symbols of hope, strength, happiness and peace, combined so magically in Sir Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace” will form the centre of our performance.