Supporting Macmillan through music

Published: Tuesday 12th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Beverley Minster will once again host the annual Carol Concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The enchanting evening is not only a great way to ease you into the Christmas season, but also a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a well-deserving charity.

According to Macmillan, there is an estimated 2.5 million people in the country who have been diagnosed with cancer. But thanks to the hard work of volunteers and nurses at Macmillan, individuals and families affected by cancer are supported from the moment of diagnosis, during treatment and beyond. The charity, which was established over a century ago, is a vital source of support to so many people across the country.

The concert includes festive readings, mulled wine and mince pies followed by appearances from the Hull Savoyards, Hull Collegiate School Chorus and a soprano from the University of Hull.

This is the fifteenth year that the stunning gothic venue has put on the fundraiser, so it’s an extra special night for all involved.

We spoke with Harold Kay, Chair of The Hull Savoyards, to find out more about their performance.

Can you tell us a little bit about the Hull Savoyards?

We are an Amateur Operatic Society with a rich history. Founded in 1934 at the Plane Street Methodist Church in Hull, we named ourselves after the Savoy Theatre in London. This is where the works of Gilbert and Sullivan were regularly performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. The Savoy operas have been the main focus of the Society, although other light operatic productions and musicals are also performed.

We gave our first performance at the Alexandra Theatre in Hull in Spring 1934 and Sir Henry Lytton was there, the famous baritone and actor who was a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera company. He later became President of the Society.

Unfortunately, the venue was bombed during the war and so Hull New Theatre became our new home. After 84 years and 76 productions, we’re going to perform our ninth version of The Gondoliers in 2018.

What made you get involved in the annual Macmillan Concert?

This is the Hull Savoyards’ third year of appearing at this concert. As a registered charity ourselves, all of our members felt this was a good cause to support. This year, the concert is very close to our hearts. Our wonderful wardrobe mistress of twelve years has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, so our performance is dedicated to her.

We’re very sorry to hear about that, but what a lovely tribute! What can we expect from the Beverley Minster Macmillan Carol Concert?

An enjoyable, full and varied concert featuring a variety of very talented people singing and playing musical instruments. There’s everything from bagpipes to the harp in support of this worthwhile cause.

What is your favourite thing about the festive season?

Christmas is a time for people from all walks of life to celebrate and enjoy.

Why should people come along to the concert?

It will be a delightful night and the perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the problems that others may have to face. Macmillan is an excellent charity to support and we want to help them to help others who are experiencing a very stressful and sad time.

The concert takes place from 7pm tonight at Beverley Minster. For more information, please visit the Beverley Minster Carol Concert website.

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Published: Tuesday 12th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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