Concert raises £810 for Nepal earthquake disaster appeal

An evening of entertainment organised by the East Sussex Concert Band last week raised £810 for the Nepal earthquake disaster appeal.

Band member Joe Pippard wrote this report:nepal-concert

The suggestion at a band practice only two weeks previously to put on a charity concert in aid of the Nepal Earthquake Disaster materialised in what can only be described as an evening of fun and talented performances.

Guest appearances by dancers from the Deborah Lamb Theatre School, Gabby Conradie, Emily Owen, Sally Neve, Laura Manvell, Erin Daniels and Eleri Jones added grace and style to the whole evening.

Eleri Jones was soon in action once more, this time singing a delightful solo ‘Over the Rainbow ‘ accompanied by the East Sussex Concert Band which can only be described as stunning.

The audience of just over 100 were then thrilled by a musical extravaganza including numbers such as Broadway Showstoppers, The Great Escape, Out of Africa, Jersey Boys and Barnard Castle to name just a few, before a short break in the festivities where refreshments were supplied by the very well stocked bar within the Uckfield Civic Centre who had very generously supplied the venue and facilities free of charge for this charity event.

However this extraordinary evening of entertainment did not stop there with the band bursting into life once again. The very talented musicians led by band leader Jonathan Baily showed their versatility through music with renditions of Amparita Roca, Music for a Darkened Theatre, New Baroque Suite and Death or Glory before another pleasurable interruption in the programme by home grown talent Andy Brown, demonstrating his extraordinarily vocal talent, before the band finalised the evening by playing Mount Everest and Symphonic Beatles.

This wonderful evening of entertainment raised £810 and had been generously supported by local business and the Uckfield Town Council. A special mention to all who helped and especially Sarah Lofthouse and Derek Butlin who ensured the evening was such a great success. The East Sussex Concert Band and their special guests for such wonderful entertainment and the final thanks must go to the audience for supporting such a worthy cause.

• The Uckfield Performance Ensemble will be presenting An Afternoon of Entertainment on May 31. See details on the Uckfield News Events page.

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