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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Budding Pavarottis and Garretts raise the roof for the homeless
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¬†Five hundred voices joined together for a unique concert to help raise money for homeless young people at Douai Abbey in Newbury on November 15. The 'Sing for the Homeless' concert broke with tradition allowing the public to come and be part of the choir. For the talented amateur singers it was a unique opportunity to stretch their lungs all for a good cause. No participant was paid a fee, and the choir had to pay to sing so all the money raised goes direct to the Cardinal Hume Centre's work. So far the concert has raised over £16,000 and more donations are expected. The choir sang Bach's Magnificat and Faurť's Requiem beautifully, an amazing feat considering that they only had a few hours rehearsal before the concert. Sadly, the respected conductor Sir David Willcocks was unable to attend the evening performance so Dr John Rowntree, who is director of music at Douai Abbey, bravely stepped in at the last minute to replace him. Fortunately Sir David has made a full recovery and is fulfilling work commitments already. The Abbey has generously hosted the concert three times before and the Centre greatly appreciates its support. Cathy Corcoran, the Centre's Director said 'it was an absolute privilege to listen to such a moving performance in such a dramatic setting as the Abbey. People came from as far north and south as which illustrates incredible support for the Centre.' The Cardinal Hume Centre was started in 1986 by Cardinal Hume in response to all the young people he saw living on the streets. Today the Centre has five separate projects: A hostel for 16 - 21 year olds providing skills development and counselling, a hostel for people recovering from an addiction, a daytime Drop-in Project, a Family Centre and an Education project. All projects are aimed at providing people who are at risk with the skills and support to turn their lives around and move onto independent living.
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