Rugby Male Voice Choir in fine tune for the Friends of St Cross fundraiser

The Mayor and Lady Mayor congratulate conductor Mike Minton on the excellent performance
The Mayor and Lady Mayor congratulate conductor Mike Minton on the excellent performance

More than 100 people enjoyed a Spring Concert over the weekend in support of a long-standing hospital charity.

Rugby Male Voice Choir entertained guests at St Andrew’s Church in Rugby on Saturday.

The concert was held in aid of the Friends of St Cross Diamond Jubilee Appeal and raised a total of £750.

Money was raised through ticket sales, a raffle and drinks, as well as voluntary cash donations after the concert.

The event was attended by Rugby’s Mayor, Councillor Ramesh Srivastava, who is the president of the choir and has selected the Friends as his Charity of the Year.

The concert programme included a mixture of popular and spiritual songs performed by the choir, as well as an entertaining medley of British folk music played by Kevin Downham on his concertinas and accordion and a virtuoso clarinet performance by Melanie Green.

The Friends hope to raise £60,000 through the Diamond Jubilee Appeal to re-develop the blood taking unit at the Hospital of St Cross.

The next fundraiser in the charity’s calendar is an evening at Rugby Theatre to see the hit musical Hairspray on June 6.

The Friends’ annual general meeting will be held on June 23 with guest speaker the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire.

For more information about the charity and how to get involved with events, go to www.fsx.org.uk