Concert raises over £300 for Nepal earthquake appeal

When  Chairman, Judith Newenham, announced at the start of our Spring Concert that we were dedicating the performance to the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal, the result was a spontaneous and generous closing donation  of more than £300 by the audience. The money is to be added to the Thame to Thame appeal for the people of the remote village of Thame in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal to help with its restructure.

The concert, which was held at St Mary’s Parish Church, Thame on 10th May 2015 included  Haydn’s Nelson Mass (appropriately named Missa in angustiis or Mass for Troubled Times by the composer) and Mozart’s Vespere solennes de confessore, which included the lyrical and much-loved Laudate Dominum for soprano and chorus.

Joining the choir and their Director, Helen Swift, were soloists Hannah Nye (soprano), Morag Boyle, (contralto), Matthew Sandy (tenor) and Alistair Donaghue (bass) and accompanied by the Thame Sinfonia and organist Geoffrey Heath.

Between the two choral works, violinists Mark and Kate Warner performed Bach’s concerto for two violins and orchestra BWV 1043.