Concert to help tackle poverty

Torkard Ensemble
Torkard Ensemble

A CONCERT packed with classical music is the headline act during a spate of fundraising in Hucknall to bolster work to tackle poverty across the world.

The long-running Hucknall-based musical Group, Torkard Ensemble (pictured), will take to the stage at the town’s Central Methodist Church on Baker Street on Saturday May 19.

The event, entitled ‘Classical Evening’, will raise money for Christian Aid Week, which runs from Sunday May 13 to Saturday 19.

Music will include excerpts from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, Gilbert And Sullivan’s ‘Pirates Of Penzance’, John Rutter’s ‘The Music’s Always There With You’, Bartok’s Slovak songs and ‘Glory Of The Lord’ from Handel’s ‘Messiah’.

Under-16s are allowed in free to the concert, which will include refreshments.

The Torkard Ensemble, who are based at East Side Methodist Church in Hucknall, held a concert for Christian Aid Week at the Central Methodist Church last year, raising £500. The money raised from this year’s concert will go towards supporting the work of Christian Aid to help communities around the world lift themselves out of poverty.

Other events in Hucknall arranged by the town’s Christian Aid group include a coffee morning with bric-a-brac and cake stalls at the Central Methodist Church on Saturday May 26.

On Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, a fundraising street-collection will be held on High Street, while house-to-house collections will take place during Christian Aid Week itself.

Last year, the residents of Hucknall helped to raise nearly £6,000 during Christian Aid Week, which has been running since 1957.

This year, Christian Aid Week will receive a substantial boost in income thanks to the government’s UK Aid Match scheme.

The first £5 million donated to Christian Aid Week 2012 will be matched pound for pound.