For the first time in its fundraising history, Cynthia Spencer Hospice hosted a magnificent evening of classical music at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on Sunday 10 May.
Featuring international opera and concert soprano Alison Roddy, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and well known guest conductor Michael Lloyd, the charity Proms night included a fabulous array of popular opera and proms favourites with items from French and Italian opera as well as Viennese operetta.
Described as being “the Last Night of the Proms and a beginner’s guide to opera all rolled into one”, the event is expected to have wide ranging appeal.
Community Fundraiser for the Hospice, Sue Bownass, said: 'The event has the potential of raising in excess of £30,000 which is vital for patient care at the Hospice, so we are so very grateful to Alison, the Birmingham Philharmonic as well as Michael Lloyd for all giving up their time to stage such a marvellous event.'
Born in Dublin, but now residing in Northampton, Alison Roddy has established an international reputation, singing over a dozen leading roles as a principal soprano at the English National Opera. She has also sung at other leading opera houses across the globe, from Vienna to Ottawa to New Zealand. Most recently Alison has performed Handel’s Messiah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Check back for details of how much was raised.
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