Five choirs, 100 voices, one big concert

Posted: May 16, 2014

Event to raise funds for breast cancer appeal

Staff at Great Western Hospital are getting their voices in tune for a special gala concert to raise money for our breast cancer treatment appeal.

At the start of this year a number of hospital staff with a love of singing got together and formed the GWH Choir.  They meet weekly in the evenings at GWH and sing a mixture of contemporary songs and old favourites.

Led by Jules Addison, a Choirmaster and Music Producer from Wiltshire, the GWH choir will be joining four other local choirs from Wiltshire to sing at a special concert on Saturday 28 June at St Andrew's Church in Chippenham.

Money raised from the concert will be going towards the hospital's charity Brighter Futures and their breast cancer treatment appeal.  The appeal launched in March, and the charity is hoping to raise £75,000 towards funding intra-operative radiotherapy for breast cancer patients. 

Jules Addison, who has set up and directed a number of choirs over the last 20 years said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the new choir at the GWH and will also confirm the value of community singing. As a choirmaster, my role is to bring people together to have fun and enjoy singing. If we can do this, whilst at the same time raising thousands of pounds for a very worthy cause, then I will be delighted to have been part of this venture."

As well as the GWH Choir, the concert will also feature four local choirs: Southgate House Choir with members of Wiltshire's Clinical Commissioning Group, Pewsey Belles Ladies Choir, Adlib Vocal Ensemble from Bath and Schola a chamber choir from Devizes.

The hospital's breast cancer treatment appeal has already soared past the £10,000 mark so it is hoped this concert will help bring them closer to their £75,000 goal.

The concert will take place at St Andrew's Church in Chippenham from 7.30pm-9.30pm.  Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

To buy tickets online visit www.julesaddison.co.uk or contact 01225 302143.

If you would like to fundraise or find out more about the breast cancer appeal email fundraising@gwh.nhs.uk or contact 01793 605631.

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