Ross choir raises £3,000 for Ukraine appeal

Wednesday 15th June 2022 6:00 am
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The Ross Choristers’ Community Choir sang to a packed St Mary’s Church at its concert to raise funds in support of humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

The choir opened with a poignant rendition of an unaccompanied Ukrainian Lullaby, which strongly linked the audience with the evening’s focus. MC, Brian Jackson, expertly steered the choir through the remainder of the programme using many of the lyrics from enduring popular favourites to highlight circumstances that had befallen Ukrainian citizens. The chorister’s own Josie O’Driscoll and Pat Williams delighted with individual solos and duets and Katie Brookes, a visitor from Bristol, graced with singing and signing a solo.

Conductor, Jane Osbeldiston, replicated beautifully the violin Ukrainian Folk tune that had first been recorded in a Kyiv bunker. Ross’s own “Angel of Mercy” Katie Fowler, who has dedicated her time and resources in providing a facility to ensure Ross people have a collection and distribution centre locally, spoke passionately about immediate and ongoing needs. The Gazette has previously reported on Katie’s impressive aid work.

The varied programme was very well received by an appreciative audience whose generosity lifted a raffle total to almost £500. Together with ticket receipts and donations the concert raised an impressive £3,000. A cheque for the total is pictured being presented by choristers Josie O’Driscoll and John Williams to Keith Wilding, Ruth Nelson and Nick Dale of the Ross Lions.

Through their international network of volunteers the funds will be directed to destinations where they will be used for essential humanitarian purposes.

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