Choir Makes Substantial Contribution
to Children’s Hospice
A key part of the Tideswell Male Voice Choir’s activities is to serve the wider community by performing choral music and through their concerts to raise funds for local charities. In 2009, the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice was the principal beneficiary. The hospice cares for children suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and supports their families.
TMVC undertook a series of fund-raising concerts, ranging from venues in Buxton to Sheffield and culminating in a Christmas Spectacular at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield on 20 December 2009. Following the previous year’s highly successful concert spectacular, the choir once again teamed up with Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Band to present a fantastic programme of high-quality festive music. This year the concert also featured the children of South Darley CoE Primary School and they certainly brought a new and exciting dimension to this wonderful concert.
The choir enjoyed performing in an interesting variety of locations over the festive period, including Peak Cavern, Sheffield Peace Gardens, and the Shopping Precinct and Queen’s Park in Chesterfield. These events resulted in the choir raising £6,500 for the Hospice.
Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, commented “It was wonderful to welcome Dennis, the Musical Director of the choir, David Hopkins, Managing Director of M. Markovitz Ltd, the sponsor of the choir, and their wives into the hospice to show them how important the money the choir and band raised in their Christmas concert was to the children of Bluebell Wood. We would like to thank all the members of the choir and band who participated in the concert, and the audience who all donated so generously, and raised the staggering amount of £6,500 for Bluebell Wood. The money will pay for a nursery nurse for the children for six months, and as Bluebell Wood receives no statutory government funding, support by groups such as these is vital to our continued success.”