What do you have planned tonight? If you don’t have anything on and are in the area, consider heading over to Great Ayton Methodist Church for a fundraising concert in aid of The Source of Light School Uganda and The Blue Dragon’s Children Foundation Vietnam. Where past-pupil Charlie Flintoft will be playing.
Last month Charlie and music teacher Zena Bentley performed to a packed church and provided this review;
Charlie Flintoft had rehearsed with Zena Bentley in the empty, remote, rural chapel of Glaisdale Head. Neither of them had any idea how many people would come or how much money would be raised. It was a gamble.
Thursday 31st August was bright and sunny. They arrived early and warmed up. Food was brought in for the lunch to follow. People began to arrive. The start was delayed while some of the audience finished parking and extra chairs were brought in. The Chapel was full!
The concert was fabulous and Charlie was the star. He treated the audience to well-known classics such as Prelude to Te Deum, jazz (Blue John) and people pleasers of Napoli and Blaydon Races. Everyone was thrilled by his beautiful sound and confident flawless playing. Many said they were “blown away”.
Lunch was a sumptuous affair with homemade soups, quiche, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.
£950 was raised for two charities, the much needed refurbishment fund for the Chapel and remote primary school in Uganda called the Source of Light built by the fund raising efforts of Naomi Haigh and with support from her many friends including Zena.