Classics Galore returned on Saturday 18th November with a performance in the Great Hall at Exeter University. This was the sixth concert organised to raise funds for the Force Cancer Charity. This year’s proceeds are going to help fund Pinpoint at R.D & E (details below)
The programme for this year’s gala concert promises to be the best ever and will feature a mixture of popular classics,such as Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Hallelujah Chorus,music from films and musicals such as Dambusters March, Live and Let Die, extracts from Les Misérables -truly something for everyone. The evening will end with a rousing Last Night of the Proms style finale, led by soprano soloist Penny Daw. There will be up to 200 musicians and singers – a full orchestra, two choral societies and a brass band.
Musical director Malcolm Matthews will conduct the concert with an orchestra featuring top musicians from across Devon, plus singers from Ottery St Mary Choral Society and Exeter’s St David’s Players as well as the SW Comms Band from Lympstone under its new musical director Chris Spreadbury.
The Terrace Restaurant will again be open from 5.15 pm for those who would like a pre-concert meal. No reservations are necessary.
Full-size shuttle buses will be provided between Car Parks A/B and the Great Hall from 5 pm to 11 pm for concert patrons.
New for 2017 – you can buy your tickets online through the Classics Galore website and TICKETSOURCE. (See Tickets page for more details) This will make it possible for you to choose precisely where you would like to sit – downstairs in the stalls or upstairs in the gallery and boxes . Tickets will be issued to you directly by email. If you prefer to buy tickets in person or by telephone, this option will still be available through EVIT, the ticketing office in Exeter.
Funding to enhance cancer treatment for women across Devon is set for an £18,000 boost from one of the most popular events on the area’s musical calendar. The sixth Classics Galore! concert, featuring Ottery St Mary Choral Society and the Lympstone-based SW Comms Band, is on course to be the most profitable yet. Money raised from this year’s event at the University of Exeter Great Hall on Saturday November 18 has been ring-fenced for a fund that has enabled FORCE Cancer Charity to spend £93,000 on a new surgical device for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The equipment, called Pinpoint, has been installed in one of the hospital’s operating theatres and is designed to help surgeons identify more accurately the extent of uterine or cervical cancer during keyhole operations. It is designed to save lives, reduce unnecessary treatment and cut costs to the hospital.
“Whilst it is gratifying to know that monies raised by Classics Galore! help with day-to-day running costs at the FORCE Cancer Support Centre, it is more than satisfying to know that money is also put towards such important aspects of cancer treatment as Pinpoint,” said event founder Dick Passmore. Since Dick and his wife Posy staged the first Classics Galore! in 2007, the event has raised nearly £70,000 for FORCE.
For 2017, we are delighted to announce that The Exeter and Gilbert Stephens are our main sponsors :
There will also be a Grand Prize Draw with an amazing selection of prizes, generously donated by local businesses, including:
Supporters for 2017 include:
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