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Monday, December 5, 2016
Cardinal Hume sculpture unveiled at Night Under the Stars
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¬†A bust of Cardinal Hume, by sculptor Anthony Dufort, was unveiled last night at The Night Under the Stars Benefit for The Passage homeless centre, at Westminster Hall. Hosted by Rory Bremner, in the presence of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the gala evening starred opera singers Maria Ewing and Ning Liang, the Cantate youth choirs, with guest appearances from Roger Moore, Sir Donald Sinden and Antony Andrews. In a fast-moving series of impersonations, in between the music, Rory Bremner went through most of the British government, some world leaders and his fellow performers. Maria Ewing demonstrated tremendous versatility switching from classical Spanish songs to jazz in two sets. Ning Liang received a loud ovation for her Chanson Boheme, and song from the Merry Widow. The Cantate youth choirs sang a range of pieces from African to Benjamin Britten, ending with a beautiful rendition of Somewhere, from West Side Story. There were two receptions, before and after the concert, in the lavish Locarno Suite of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The evening is the Passage's main fundraiser of the year and is expected to raise around £100,000 for its work with the homeless of central London. Reflecting on the name of the event, Sr Ellen Flynn DC, director of the centre, said: "Every human being has star quality.. stardom is about our ability to fulfill our dreams - to reach our potential." But for many, she said, that dream was shattered by death, illness, unemployment. "As you walk out of here, you may pass up to sixty people preparing to sleep on the street tonight." It was Cardinal Hume who first invited homeless people to sleep in the Cathedral Hall in 1980. The Passage, which he later founded with the Daughters of Charity, is now the largest homeless project in London, providing food, shelter, advice and support for around 350 people each day. Rory Bremner told ICN: "Anthony Dufort is an old student of Cardinal Hume. He was taught by him at Ampleforth. We are hoping to find a sponsor to place his sculpture in a public place where the Cardinal would have walked." If you are interested in sponsoring the bust, contact Sr Ellen at the Passage on: ellen@flynn1633.freeserve.co.uk For more information on The Passage, visit: http://www.passage.org.uk/
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