Benefit concert to support Norden Farm

Benefit concert to support Norden Farm

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Nicola Hine

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Benefit concert to support Norden Farm

Toe-tapping tracks and big band numbers are set to be showcased at a benefit concert for Norden Farm on Saturday, July 7.

Maidenhead Concert Band will team up with special guests to perform a variety of music at the Altwood Road venue.

Money raised will be given to the arts centre following the bombshell announcement last year that its Arts Council England funding was being withdrawn.

Conductor Peter Ripper urged people to support Norden Farm by snapping up tickets.

"They can expect a very lively and entertaining programme with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and a bit of Blues Brothers," he said.

The 50-piece band, which has members ranging in age from 14 to nearly 80, works regularly with the arts centre on charity concerts.

But this time charity begins at home.

Peter formed Maidenhead Concert Band with his daughter Carrie in 1998.

It plays at a variety of events around the area including Littlewick Show and Twyford Donkey Derby, and also performed for Prince Charles at a Buckingham Palace garden party a few years ago.

The benefit concert will include a performance by Peter on the saxophone, and pianist Robert 'Bunny' Thompson will be joining the band for his unique interpretation of Rhapsody in Blue.

A Dig Deep campaign was launched with the Advertiser a year ago this month urging people to 'support or lose' the centre.

The £143,000 funding agreement with the arts council officially ended in March.

The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are £10, with all proceeds going to Norden Farm.

Visit www.nordenfarm.org or call the box office on 01628 788997.

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