The Shiplake Community Choir were delighted to present the Chiltern Centre with a massive £1950 on Wednesday (11 July). The money was the result of their ‘Wonderful Tonight’ concert, held on Saturday 16th of June in aid of the respite care centre on Greys Road.
The concert, which took place at the Christ Church Centre, also featured the internationally renowned saxophone quartet, Ferio. Acclaimed as one of the UK’s leading saxophone groups, the musicians played an entertaining selection of light classical music. The concert was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, with the performers receiving a standing ovation for their talents.
Louise Rapple Moore, founder of the Shiplake Community Choir and Head of Careers at Shiplake College, was thrilled to have raised such a fantastic amount for the Chiltern Centre. “I think it’s really important that carers and families get respite from the very important and difficult job they’re doing,” she stated. This was the second time that the choir have chosen to donate to the Chiltern Centre, which provides respite care for children and young people with disabilities in the local area.
Paul Barrett, Chair of the Chiltern Centre Trustees, was extremely grateful for the donation. “It’s a staggering amount,” he said. “We never expected to get so much from the concert.” The significant total was gained from bucket collections and ticket sales, as well as being generously supported by Shiplake College. Heavily subsidising the event, the College were able to minimise costs for the choir, allowing more money to be given to charity. Sally Wiggin, whose son Huw is one of the Ferio saxophonists, said, “I think it’s fantastic for a local concert to have raised so much. We are very lucky that Shiplake College are benefactors; they’re really great.”
Beyond providing an evening’s entertainment for Henley, the Shiplake Community Choir and Ferio Saxophone Quartet have achieved a fantastic feat with their fundraising concert. The choir’s generous contribution will be a great help in continuing the Chiltern Centre’s valuable work, going towards their annual running costs of nearly £200,000.