Memorable Rotary concert raises £6K for Ark

An award-winning Belgian choir delivered a spectacular performance at a Rotary-organised concert – delighting a packed church and resulting in a £6,000 boost to Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

All Saints Church in Odiham was the splendid setting for the concert by the internationally-renowned Lyricanto Choir on Saturday, November 4.

The special event was organised by The Rotary Club of Odiham and Hook and The Rotary Club of Colfontaine-Borinage in Belgium. Rotarian and accomplished organist Jean-Michel Sapin was one of the key figures in bringing the choir to Odiham.

Around 200 people came along to enjoy the marvellous and varied repertoire which spanned the musical spectrum and included Benedictus from The Armed Man – A Mass For Peace by Karl Jenkins, songs from operas by Verdi and Rossini, and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Proceeds from the ticketed event are going to Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million appeal which is raising funds for the much-needed unique local cancer treatment centre that will serve the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) area.

Howard Swalheim, president of The Rotary Club of Odiham and Hook, was a driving force behind the event. He was delighted to tell the audience that £3,000 had been raised, and that this sum will be doubled once the money has been match-funded by Greenham Common Trust through The Good Exchange

Howard said: “This was a wonderful, enjoyable and successful concert, and I would like to thank everyone who played a part in helping to make it happen, including Bates Solicitors Limited, who generously sponsored the evening.

“The Lyricanto Choir were an absolute pleasure to listen to, and I am glad that so many people came along to support the event and were able to enjoy this special and memorable evening of marvellous music.”

Ark Cancer Centre Charity director of fundraising and communications Mark Jones thanked everyone for their support and updated the audience on the progress of the charity’s £5m appeal and the cancer treatment centre project.

He said: “Ark is particularly grateful for this wonderful show of support from The Rotary Clubs of Odiham and Hook, and Colfontaine-Borinage, whose members have worked hard to put the concert on, and to the Lyricanto Choir for making a difference to the charity by bringing their musical passion and excellence to Odiham.”

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The concert at All Saints Church, Odiham, which featured the Lyricanto Choir, raised £6,000 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.