Cheque presentation Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Two concerts by Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra have raised more than £1,000 for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity Everybody Knows Somebody dementia appeal.

The concerts were held in the Leighton Hospital Treatment Centre and a week later at St Andrew’s Church in Crewe.

They began meeting to rehearse at Leighton Hospital in November and have already put together a programme consisting of music from the stage, film, classics and modern symphonic repertoire.

For both concerts, the orchestra was joined by ex BBC Philharmonic orchestra violinist, Shirley Richards, who played in John Williams’ moving Spielberg movie classic, Schindler’s List.

Manoj Kulshrestha, Shires management committee member, said: “The Orchestra is delighted to be able to support the dementia appeal with our concerts.

“We are now busy rehearsing for the next performance on Saturday July 6 at Richmond Village in Nantwich.”

Carole Salmon, MCH Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re so pleased the Symphonic Orchestra has chosen to support our dementia appeal with their performances.

“I was lucky enough to be at their inaugural concert held at Leighton Hospital and was very impressed with their performance.

“The music was beautiful and everyone there really enjoyed it.”

The Orchestra is open to all wind, brass and percussion players, adults and children, the current youngest being only 10.

For more information about the Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra and eligibility to join, please visit the website

The charity offers lots of opportunities for the community to get involved with supporting any area of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more details contact Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser on 01270 273248.

(Pic L-R: Manoj Kulshrestha, Lynda Hawkins-Lobb, Andrew Bassey (Shires), Carole Salmon – Community Fundraiser & Linda Norris, Shires)

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