The Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra recently held their first two concerts which raised over £1,000 for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal. The first concert took place on Saturday 2nd March in the Leighton Hospital Treatment Centre followed by Saturday 9th March at St Andrew’s Church in Crewe.
They began meeting to rehearse at Leighton Hospital in November 2018 and have already put together a stunning programme consisting of music from the stage, film, classics and modern symphonic repertoire.
For both concerts the orchestra was joined by ex BBC Philharmonic orchestra violinist, Shirley Richards, who played beautifully in John Williams’ moving Spielberg movie classic, Schindler’s List.
Manoj Kulshrestha, Shires management committee member said, ‘The Orchestra is delighted to be able to support the dementia appeal with our concerts. We are now busy rehearsing for the next performance on Saturday 6th July at Richmond Village in Nantwich.’
Carole Salmon, MCH Community Fundraiser said, ‘We’re so pleased that the Symphonic Orchestra has chosen to support our dementia appeal with their performances. I was lucky enough to be at their inaugural concert held at Leighton Hospital and was very impressed with their performance. The music was beautiful and everyone there really enjoyed it.’
The Orchestra is open to all wind, brass and percussion players, adults and children, the current youngest being only 10 years old. For more information about the Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra and eligibility to join, please visit the website www.sswo.org.uk
The charity offers lots of opportunities for the community to get involved with supporting any area of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For more details contact Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser on 01270 273248.