On 1st February, the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton played host to a showcase of local musical talent, all in aid of Living Water Africa. A packed house was treated to a stunning performance by Flautissimo (conducted by Joanna Price), before the Wimborne Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Chris Dowie) took to the stage with soloist Fiona Brockhurst for an exuberant reading of Mozart’s 2nd Horn Concerto. The second half of the concert was devoted to a brilliant performance from gifted pianist and long-time friend of the charity Sam Hanson, who joined forces with the orchestra to play Rachmaninov’s notoriously difficult 3rd Piano Concerto. The rapturous standing ovation as the final chords rang out was a testament to the power of Sam and the orchestra’s performance.
We are thrilled to announce that the concert raised £931.38 for Living Water Africa, and every penny of this money will go towards our work in Africa to drill and repair wells in areas that need it most. Our heartfelt thanks must go to all of the performers – particularly Sam, Fiona, Chris and Joanna – and everyone else that helped us to make the evening a fantastic success.
The Wimborne Chamber Orchestra have very kindly agreed to perform Rachmaninov’s 1st Piano Concerto in Wimborne Minster in October, so look out for that as well as our Come and Sing event in November led by Bob Chilcott. More details will be on the website in due course, and don’t forget that you can also follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay in touch with forthcoming events.