Newstead Brass concert struck the right chord

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A CONCERT featuring Newstead Brass band struck the right chord to raise more than £1,700 for seriously-ill children and the homeless.

‘Evening Music And Song’ was held at Chilwell Road Methodist Church in Beeston.

A proportion of the proceeds will go to the Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough, which provides support and care for children with life-limiting illnesses.

The rest of the cash will go to Emmanuel House in Nottingham, which is a day centre formed back in 1976 to help those living on the streets.

The concert was arranged by Stapleford and Sandiacre Rotary Club. Newstead were joined by Lucy Hall (soprano) and Andy Ward (tenor).

The evening, which was introduced by well-known radio broadcaster Colin Slater, received financial backing from several businesses.

A large audience included visitors from Germany, who enjoyed a programme packed with variety.

Music ranged from orchestral and operatic classics to 21st-century compositions and ended with the crowd joining all the performers for patriotic renditions of ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’ and ‘Jerusalem’.

Newstead also performed at a celebration for St George’s Day, organised for members of the Kirkby branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) group.

Their focus is now on the British Open Spring Festival and English Masters competitions taking place later this month.

Other upcoming concerts include one at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall, as part of the International Byron Festival, on Saturday June 4.