17 December 2011

Gala Concert

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra with conductor William Goodchild
Photograph © Rosa Fay Photography 2011

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra under its conductor William Goodchild performing at Colston Hall for the Gala Concert in aid of the 2011 Cots for Tots Appeal supporting the Special Care Baby Unit at St. Michael's Hospital Bristol. The concert featured 250 male voices from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Basingstoke, Bristol, Cheddar, and Churchdown male voice choirs. Choral director and orchestral wind tutor Steve Daykin shared the podium. An audience of over 900 attended the event which was presented by Bristol actor John Telfer - vicar Alan Franks from BBC's The Archers.

The programme included a variety of popular orchestral classical items including Ireland's Epic March, Sibelius's Finlandia, and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. Violin soloist Emil Huckle-Kleve performed The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, Monti's Czardas, and Danse Macabre by Saint-SaĆ«ns. The choir sung a variety of well known choral pieces including Gwahoddiad, Morte Criste, and American Trilogy.

After the interval and before the second half, Lauren Vincent, Fundraising Manager, 2011 Cots for Tots Appeal, and Jackie Cornish OBE, Director of Women and Children's Division, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, gave talks on the roles and activities of the charity.

The event raised over £6,000 for 2011 Cots for Tots Appeal.