Sell-out Gala Proms event supports Rugby organisations

Mark Allen, Musical Director of Bilton Silver Band, conducts the audience, choir and band singing 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Mark Allen, Musical Director of Bilton Silver Band, conducts the audience, choir and band singing 'Land of Hope and Glory'

More than 600 people filled the Temple Speech Room at Rugby School to enjoy a sell-out charity concert.

The Gala Proms evening was organised by the Friends of St Cross, in aid of its Diamond Jubilee Appeal, and the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore to support Tedworth House - a home to provide support to injured servicemen and women who have suffered trauma whilst on duty, as part of the Help for Heroes charity.

Guests enjoyed listening to 135 members of Rugby Male Voice Choir alongside 35 members of Bilton Silver Band at last Thursday’s event.

The event raised £7,000.

Vice chairman of the Friends, Willy Goldschmidt, said: “The hospital’s association with Rugby School dates back to 1884 when the hospital was opened and we are delighted to renew this association and are grateful for the school’s support which has enabled us to mount this fantastic event.

“We must also thank the musicians and choristers who have freely given their time to perform. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge and thank Rugby Borough Council for their efforts in promoting Rugby town during the World Cup tournament and giving charities like us the profile and promotion of events which has helped to make then so successful.”

Councillor Richard Dodd, Mayor of Rugby and president of the Rugby Male Voice Choir, opened the concert by welcoming the audience and the visiting choirs from Coventry, Northampton and Wigston along with the Bilton Silver Band. He was accompanied on stage by Trevor Wagg, president of the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore and Joan Jesson, president of the Friends of St Cross and Mike Folly the master of ceremonies for the evening.

A spokesman for Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore said: “We are delighted to be associated with such talented performers. Many of the audience told me that this was probably the best concert they had ever experienced in the Town for many, many years.”

Go to www.fsx.org.uk for more information.