On Saturday 27th June the Minster Church of St. Andrew’s was brought to life with an evening of music provided by Orchestra4Cornwall, raising an incredible £1087.50 in total for Jeremiah’s Journey, including a collection that was held on the night!
Under the very capable hands of conductor Marcus Alleyne, who has delivered two outstanding concerts within the city, in just as many weeks, the orchestra and choir were certainly on top form. Providing a hugely varied programme, as promised, there really was something for everyone. With music from the classical and contemporary repertoire, stage, screen and musical theatre there was very little not to like about the evening’s entertainment. Orchestra4Cornwall were also joined by guest soloists and a rather special guest conductor also.
The tone for the evening was set by an exciting rendition of G.F Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus followed by guest speaker and founder of Jeremiah’s Journey Dr Sheila Cassidy. Guests then enjoyed a combination of soloists from within the brilliant and enthusiastic Woodford Primary School Choir, under the direction of Head of Music Cathy Jenkins.
In addition to this, guests saw Isabel Alleyne take to the podium, literally stepping into her father’s shoes, and conducting a rather energetic rendition Orchestra4Cornwall’s most loved piece Trelawney. “With a very clear and precise style 7 year old “Izzy” directed almost 100 musicians with vigour, ending with a hug from a very proud Daddy, the young conductor was certainly a highlight for many”.
“Now in our fourth year orchestra4cornwall is just getting better and better and bigger and bigger. There has been a huge team involved with organising this event and I couldn’t have done it without them, and I must give a huge thank you to my wife who inspired the evening. It has been such a fun way of raising funds and awareness for a brilliant charity”.
We’d like to say a BIG thank you to Marcus, Jo, Orchestra4Cornwall and the team for all their hard work & efforts in raising a fantastic amount to help us continue the work we do to support children, young people and families who have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special!