Saturday,18th November, 2017 at 7.30 p m
Tickets on sale from 1st July
Classics Galore will be back on Saturday 18th November with a performance in the Great Hall at Exeter University. This will be the sixth concert organised to raise funds for the Force Cancer Charity.
The programme for this year’s gala concert promises to be the best ever and will feature a mixture of popular classics, music from films and musicals such as Dambusters March, Hallelujah Chorus, 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 will be able to 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 downstairs 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.
Classics Galore was founded by cancer patient Dick Passmore and his wife, Posy. The concerts have been held every two years since 2007 and Dick, a former Exeter policeman who is still receiving treatment at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and support from FORCE, is proud of what has been achieved.
“When, in 2007, I stood on the stage at Great Hall to introduce the first Classics Galore! concert, I was desperately hoping that we would raise a few hundred pounds for the wonderful FORCE Cancer Support Centre,” said Dick.“My wife, Posy, and I were absolutely staggered when the total raised was in excess of £6,000! “Since then, we have been amazed at the success of the concerts, and this year’s sixth will hopefully raise the total to something in excess of £80,000 ─ getting closer and closer to my aim of raising £100,000 for such a worthwhile cause. Classics Galore has become a firm fixture in Exeter’s musical calendar and is one of the most popular indoor concerts in the city. Whilst Posy and I have handed over the organisation to a brilliant committee, we obviously still want to be part of it all, and look forward to seeing the concerts go on as long as possible,” he added.
Money raised from this year’s concert has been ring-fenced for the fund that has enabled FORCE to spend £93,000 on technology known as Pinpoint, used to map uterine or cervical cancer and help plan individual treatment for patients.
Sarah Daniels, FORCE Head of Income Generation, said: “We are so fortunate to have the support of Classics Galore! The money raised from an event like this ensures FORCE can continue to fund vital equipment for the RD&E. On behalf of everybody at FORCE we would like to extend a massive thank you to all the Classics committee who work so hard to ensure a superb evening goes ahead in November.”
For 2017, we are delighted to announce that The Exeter and Gilbert Stephens are our main sponsors :
There will also be a GrandPrize Draw with an amazing selection of prizes, generously donated by local businesses, including:
Supporters for 2017 include:
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