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Friday, 18 May 2012

Children Go Free’ Concert for St Luke’s Hospice!


The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West are to perform in a TV, Film and West-End Musical-inspired ‘Circle of Life’ Concert, starting at 7pm on Sunday May 20th, at Centre Stage Theatre in South Cheshire College, Crewe. 

The band’s Musical Director, Jef Sparkes, said “The concert, described as a ‘Family Musical Extravaganza’ is being arranged with the Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Partnership and the programme of music is absolutely suitable for all ages and musical tastes.  No matter what age, from 5-105, there will be plenty to entertain the whole family, and it’s all in a great cause”. 

Jef continued “ Elton John’s classic ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King will feature the band’s Bass Trombonist, Anthony Longden, in a rendition that has so-far been described in rehearsal as ‘fantastic’ and ‘hilarious’.  It’s certainly unmissable!”

Band Manager, Alan Smart, said “It’s great to be back at South Cheshire College with the Band.  The concert has been timed to start at 7pm, so it should still be light by the time people are heading home, just after 9pm.  We hope this will encourage parents and grandparents to bring children to hear a Championship standard brass band in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  A family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is just £10, so effectively children are attending free of charge”.

Jane Smart, Events and Marketing Manager for the band said, said “The Public Health Team at St Luke’s Hospice, who are supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, are developing an innovative ‘Living Well, Dying Well’ approach to help break down taboos and support a change in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards death, dying and bereavement, so that Living Well and Dying Well becomes the norm.  The concert is a celebration of this initiative, to help raise funds for St Luke’s, and it seems only appropriate that The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West should feature in a Family Musical Extravaganza.”

The concert will start at 7.00pm on Sunday 20th May, at Centre Stage, South Cheshire College, off Somerville Street, Crewe CW2 7NL. Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for concessions, or £10 for a family ticket (2+2) and can be booked in advance by calling Ceri Edwards at St Lukes Hospice on 01606 551246 Ext 2215, or via the band’s website at

Ticket requests and other enquiries can also be emailed to 

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