On Saturday 18th February, we hosted a music concert, at Aylesbury Methodist Church, that had a range of musicians from the age of 7 years old to 18, those that had just started their musical journey to those that had been playing their instruments for many years. The instruments themselves were very varied, we had pianists, a cellist, guitarists, a violinist and a saxophone player.
The night was hosted by Sam Wright and James Hanson (below), who guided the audience through an array of talent.
Each performance was very special; for some of them, this was their first time performing, for others, this was one of many. An interval between enabled the audience to enjoy some of the lovely canapes made by some willing volunteers from the church, and also take part in a raffle (where there were seven incredible prizes to be won) and a secret auction for the ties our hosts were wearing; a traditional Kente cloth, flown in from Ghana the day before. They audience were also treated to some African drumming by Alfons, before they went back into the church to continue with the rest of the “splendid evening”.
The pieces performed were both entertaining and engaging for the audience, who found it to be a “really enjoyable evening”, and they too were just as impressed with the talent from the performers as we were: “couldn’t get over how brilliant the performers were”.The idea of the concert was to raise money for a shipment to Ghana, with a lot of items (the usual hard drives, whiteboards, toys, shoes and clothes) that we had, but were not financially able to send them.
Thanks to the concert, however, over £1,000 was raised, and the majority of the items have now been sent, and we hope to send the rest in the coming weeks.
A huge thank you to all those who performed in the concert, helped organise it or who came along to support the young musicians; it was great to see young people perform to help other young people across the world.