Following last year’s inaugural event, a second Big Charity Concert is being staged in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. This time there are 100 performers with 12 wonderful acts and 30 songs.
Organiser Andrew Parsons, hoping to build on last year’s success and raise more money this time around, says, “The objective of the concert is two-fold. Firstly to provide a great evening of entertainment and secondly to raise as much money as possible for this great charity.”
The hospice moved into its new new building in Broadwater Way last October. Built at a cost of £11m and with annual operating costs of £3.5m there is a continuing need for money to be raised through donations and fundraising.
The concert will be headed by singer/songswriter Samantha Dorrance, who played a lead role in the West End production of Dreamboats and Petticoats, and Lauren Samuels who came third in BBC1’s Over the Rainbow and went on to play lead roles in the West End productions of Grease and We Will Rock You.
Lauren is no stranger to Eastbourne having starred in her in 2012 as well as last year’s charity concert.
Also starring are Claire Petzal, who finished a national tour of Fiddler on the Roof at the Congress Theatre in May; Emily Dunn, an aspiring musical theatre artist; Emma Harrold who appeared in the national tour of Happy Days; and Christina Bennington, a young promising musical theatre artist.
In addition there is Eastbourne
College Swing Band, Helen Ward Jackson, Shining Stars Dance School. Eastbourne Rock Choir, Ocklynge Junior School Choir and Carl Parsons
Tickets for this charity show at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre on Friday, October 10, are now on sale priced £12 and £14, with £2 concessions, from Eastbourne Theatres Box Office (01323 412000 eastbournetheatres.co.uk)