Sounds Around the Abbey is a resounding success for Rennie Grove

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 August 2017

Sounds Around the Abbey - photos by Anthony Kelley

Sounds Around the Abbey - photos by Anthony Kelley


A series of spectacular concerts in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care at St Albans Cathedral drew to a close in a crescendo of acclaim.

Sounds Around the Abbey - photos by Anthony Kelley www.within-a-frame.comSounds Around the Abbey - photos by Anthony Kelley

Audiences were wowed by impressive soloist performances and Rock Choir anthems for six consecutive nights at the second Sounds Around the Abbey extravaganza in aid of Rennie Grove’s services for local families.

Rennie Grove’s head of fundraising in Herts, Kate Grigg, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how well the event went. Thanks to everyone’s dedication and enthusiasm we made more than £51,000 – enough to fund a specialist nurse for nearly 18 months.

“A huge thank you to everyone who attended one or more nights; to all our amazing volunteers who helped; to our lovely hosts Pam Rhodes and Rosemarie Ford; to the wonderful Rock Choir; the stunning soloists and talented musicians; to everyone who assisted behind the scenes - unloading cars, counting money, making countless cups of tea - and to our Treasurer Chris Langford and his wife, Pauline, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

Kate added that sales of raffle tickets and programmes combined raised more than £10,000 with local companies’ sponsorship and advertising bringing in a further £14,500.

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“And our audience members were so generous,” she added. “Having already paid for their tickets they contributed to collections as they left the cathedral, racking up another £2,372 between them over the six-day run.”

For more live music in a very different setting pop down to the town centre on September 9 to enjoy St Albans Band Aid 2017. Showcasing local bands between 10am and 5:30pm, the annual event will be raising funds for local hospice care. Join in the fun outside Ladbrokes and if you have an hour or so to spare that day, event organiser Dene Rosewarn is seeking volunteers to hold collecting buckets. Please call 01727 731028 if you can help.

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