Porthywaen Silver Band Performed for Local Charities

As part of the Schools long-standing support to Hope House and the Ellesmere and District Age Concern Day Centre, the School recently hosted a Midwinter Concert in aid of both local charities.

The sound of music filled Big School, when the Porthywaen Silver Band delighted their audience with a performance full of sparkle and surprises. They were joined by the Ellesmere College Choral Society, conducted by Roger Paul, Director of Music at the School.

An audience of over 300 came to support the charity concert and enthusiastically applauded all the performers for their musical performances. Roger commented, The Ellesmere College Choral Society always enjoy performing and we were delighted to share the stage for this fundraising concert with the Porthywaen Silver Band.

The concert began with the playing of the Schools magnificent Schulze Organ by Old Ellesmerian, Paul Russell. The Porthywaen Silver Band chose to perform a variety of pieces including African Funk, a selection from the musical Buddy and Bachs Toccata in D Minor. Ellesmere College Choral Society sang songs from Les Miserables and South Pacific.

Following the Concert, the organising committee, Barbara McBride, Averil MacDonald, Joan Tudor-Watson, Debbie Hayward and Anne Wignall were invited back to the School for cheque presentations by Prefects, Fabian Prinz and Niklas Haukohl who, alongside other Sixth Form students, supported the Concert on the night, welcoming guests to the School.    

An impressive total of 1,700 was raised. The proceeds from the ticket sales, the raffle and interval drinks, have been split between Ellesmere Friends of Hope House and Ellesmere and District Age Concern Day Centre.

Anne Wignall, Trustee of Age Concern Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Secretary of the Ellesmere Friends of Hope House commented, The Midwinter Concert was a sell-out and a great success. We were delighted that so many local people and organisations supported the event. Our thanks go to the Porthywaen Silver Band and the Ellesmere College Choral Society for providing the audience with a marvellous evening of entertainment.  Generous donations of raffle prizes were received from White Lion Antiques in Ellesmere, Tanners in Shrewsbury, Averil and John MacDonald, Ellesmere Age Concern Volunteers, and Ellesmere College Enterprises Limited. Our thanks go to everyone who helped raise the final impressive total.

The School is also very pleased to have secured the return of the Porthywaen Silver Band to the School in January 2012 for another fundraising concert.                                                   

10th February 2011  Back to News