Concert Raises over £900 for unpaid Carers

Local choir Soundbytes continued their tradition of raising money for local charities at their recent Summer Concert. Their chosen charity this time was Crossroads Care Surrey (https://www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk) They were delighted that the audience gave generously and a total of £900 was collected for this very worthwhile cause. During the concert, Molly Aldrich-Wincer described the charity’s work. It has been providing vital respite breaks to unpaid Carers in the county for over 30 years. Their core purpose is to improve the quality of life of the many unpaid Carers and the people for whom they care and to maintain and improve their physical and mental well-being. They provide good, reliable and professionally trained Carers enabling the unpaid carers to take a break from their responsibilities, with the peace of mind that comes from the knowing that their loved ones are in such  good hands.

“We were delighted to be nominated as the recipient charity at the recent Soundbytes Summer Concert held last Friday 6th July at Manor House School. We would like to thank all the generous donors which resulted in us raising over £900. This money will be used to support more Carers in Surrey. Thanks to all involved.” Christine Cleveland, CEO, Crossroads Care Surrey

The total amount raised at Soundbytes concerts for local charities now stands at just over £21,000.

The Soundbytes concert was held at a new venue for them, at Manor House School in Bookham on Friday 6th July. They performed their usual eclectic mix of music, with songs from Take That, One Direction, Eric Whitacre and Handel among others. After the interval, a candle was lit to commemorate, in this centenary year, those who gave their lives in The Great War Requiem Aeternam (‘Nimrod’) by Elgar and ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story were dedicated to their memory.

“We were delighted to support Crossroads Care Surrey as they do such an important job in our communities across Surrey. We love putting on FREE concerts as this allows our audience to give more to our chosen charities.  The atmosphere of the concert was fabulous, the standard of singing is getting better all the time, showing just how much the choir has improved, the culmination of many rehearsals of working together. The blending and tenderness of the singing, was just totally beautiful, it took my breath away! Soundbytes were joined by The Decibelles, a choir formed from Bookham’s Bluebells WI group and Hazel’s vocal trio group, 3’s A Chord also sang a couple of songs accompanied on piano by Meredith White.” Hazel Hanman

The Decibelles, from Bookham’s Bluebelles WI group also performed at the concert, as did Hazel Hannam, Sue Lampard and Mary Bourne singing as ‘3’s a Chord’, a harmony trio.

Musical accompaniment was provided by Meredith White on piano, David Moses on double bass and Richard Sawle on conga drum.

Soundbytes Musical Director Hazel Hannam said ‘The atmosphere in the hall was fabulous, The standard of singing is getting better all the time, showing just how much the choir has improved, the culmination of many rehearsals of working together. The blending and tenderness of the singing, was just totally beautiful, it took my breath away! ’

 

For more information about Soundbytes see www.HazelHannam.co.uk  01372 278016

For more information about Crossroads Care Surrey and the services they provide, please contact us on 01372 869 970 / enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk.

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