Vintage Brass held their annual concert to raise funds for the Richard Ely Trust at a new venue this year - All Saints Church, Southbourne. This beautiful late Victorian Church is considerably larger than most venues for concerts, holding over 300 people. It has an impressive high ceiling to the nave which resulted in an acoustic with which the band were not familiar. However, encouraged by Steve Chislett Musical Director, to "concentrate really hard" the performance on the night delighted the audience. This was further enhanced by the talented young people who performed, singing, violin playing and a drum solo which certainly ensured everyone was awake!
Over £1000 was raised on ticket sales and a further £200 or so in generous donations at the end of the concert. Money raised for the Richard Ely Trust is spent on tuition for youngsters to pursue their musical talents, where they would otherwise not be able to do so for financial reasons.
Vintage Brass will next be performing at their Christmas Concert on 8th December at St. Christopher's Church, Southbourne, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Tickets via http//www.christchurchu3a.org.uk/vintagebrass
All Saints Church, Southbourne hosts Vintage Brass playing to raise funds for the Richard Ely Trust.