Camilla thrills carers during Wiltshire visit
9:09am Monday 28th October 2013 in Latest News
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall met young carers from Wiltshire on Friday night when she was guest of honour at a fundraising concert in aid of Youth Action Wiltshire.
The concert, Divine Music for Trumpets and Voices – the Life of George Frideric Handel, took place in the chapel at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.
It is hoped the event will raise around £15,000 for Youth Action Wiltshire’s work with young people.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is patron of Community First Wiltshire, of which Youth Action Wiltshire forms part. She met with staff and trustees from the charity as well as Wiltshire young carers, sponsors and musicians during the event.
“It was a wonderful evening full of atmosphere,” said Lynn Gibson,
Assistant Chief Executive of Community First.
“The music filled the lovely chapel mixed with the stirring narration of Handel’s life by John Bromley Davenport QC. You got the sense you were witnessing something unique.
“The Duchess met with the staff and the young carers who were volunteering on the night and had lots to say to them and showed a real interest in their stories.
“We feel so fortunate to have a committee of volunteers who work so tirelessly to raise money and raise the profile of the work we do. We are also very grateful to our sponsors, Smith & Williamson, Rathbones Investment Management Ltd, HFH Consulting, Scoban Plc, Thrings LLP and an anonymous donor for supporting the event.”
The concert was hosted by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire William Wyldbore-Smith DL and was performed by musicians from Bath Philharmonia, The London Trumpet Choir and Bath Chamber Choir A Handful of Singers. Soloists were David Blackadder (trumpet), soprano Ruby Hughes, countertenor Christopher Lowrey and bass George Humphreys.
The concert was conceived and written by David Blackadder and Benedict Hoffnung and featured Benedict Hoffnung as conductor. The part of Handel was played by John Bromley Davenport QC, an accomplished orator.