On Saturday 2nd June 2018, a fundraising concert was held at St Michael and All Angels to raise money to send to its link parish in Newala, Tanzania. It was a really enjoyable evening which overall raised £905.30. This money will go towards worthwhile projects to support poor people in Newala, such as buying water harvesting tanks, repairing the Newala Diocese tractor and buying grain to provide porridge breakfasts in schools.
Verity Beards-Jones (the concert organiser, previously a student at Chetham’s School of Music) was joined by Martha Cullen and Ethan Mitchell (students at the RNCM), Jonnie Gait (Music Director at the church) and other musicians from St Michael’s to perform a varied programme of both solo and ensemble pieces. The programme included pieces on piano, saxophone, flute, organ, cello and violin. At the end of the concert, the performers were joined by other members of the St Michael’s Kaleidoscope music band to play an arrangement of A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman together.
Information about current Newala projects was on display in the parish centre during the interval, where refreshments were provided and a well-supported homemade cake sale increased the funds raised. The whole evening was really well attended by a wonderful audience.