Salisbury Cathedral Concert in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Help for Heroes Friday 6th December 2013.
Over 1200 guests attended a special festive concert in Salisbury Cathedral on Friday 6th December, which raised over £30,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Help for Heroes. A special champagne and canapés reception took place prior to the concert for VIPs and special guests at the Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum.
The concert was compered by David Oakes, well known for playing George, Duke of Clarence in the BBC’s recent production, ‘The White Queen’. There were wonderful readings by Actress Emilia Fox, a familiar face from the BBC1 series ‘Silent Witness’, her father, the highly respected stage and screen actor Edward Fox OBE, Paul Viney Chairman of Woolley & Wallis who for many years conducted the Children-in-Need auctions with Terry Wogan, live on Radio 2. There was also a reading by a veteran of Afghanistan, Captain David Henson, Royal Engineers.
There were well-loved traditional carols, as well as outstanding music from the Band and Bugles of The Rifles, the famous Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir, double platinum singer Gary Chilton from ‘The Soldiers’, and the renowned Cathedral Choir, all in the glorious surroundings of Salisbury Cathedral.
A number of Chelsea Pensioners came down from London to enjoy the concert and helped pass round the collection buckets for the Charities at the end of the event.
None of this would have been possible without Jenny Snowball, Caroline Cary (in a previous life both Army wives) and Melissa and Patrick Cordingley who, supported by a committee of friends, had the vision to produce a spectacular carol concert in Salisbury Cathedral.
We just have to thank all of those who were involved in this concert, readers, musicians, guests, sponsors, advertisers, supporters, and the team behind it that worked so hard to produce such a lovely evening that really surpassed our expectations.