The Royal College of Music Orchestra gave a superb performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, at a special concert at Holy Innocents Church in Hammersmith, West London, on Friday night, to raise funds for the Upper Room homeless project. The evening was one of several events organised for Poverty & Homeless Action Week 2011.
The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Adronie Alford was guest of honour at the evening.
The Upper Room is a registered charity in west London started in 1992, that offers a range of services for the homeless, migrant workers and people with addictions. It serves more than 20,000 meals a year.
There are several Upper Room projects at the moment, focused on supporting and enabling people to regain their confidence and health, improve their employability and life skills, as well as tackling loneliness and social isolation. The Upper Room hosts a Film Club. It also runs driving school for ex-offenders and supports both offenders and ex-offenders to turn their lives around through a range of initiatives, including volunteering within the community.
Philip, a young Romanian man who helped organise the evening said: "Before I came here I was sleeping in a storage unit behind a shop in Hammersmith. They have helped me find somewhere to live and I am learning to drive and training to be a health and safety officer. Its turned my life around."
For more information see: www.theupperroom.org.uk/
(Headline picture shows violinist Sean Riley)