'Fantastic' concert raises £2.5k for charities

'Fantastic' concert raises £2.5k for charities

FANTASTIC TRIBUTE: The Valentines. Picture: Colin Hill

FANTASTIC TRIBUTE: The Valentines musical director Morfudd Sinclair. Picture: Colin Hill

FANTASTIC TRIBUTE: Gwent Police Male Voice Choir. Picture: Colin Hill

FANTASTIC TRIBUTE: Musical director of Gwent Police Choir, and Pam's brother, Rodger Appleby. Picture: Colin Hill

FANTASTIC TRIBUTE: Kidderminster Male Voice with musical director David Barclay. Picture: Colin Hill

FANTASTIC TRIBUTE: Kidderminster Male Voice. Picture: Colin Hill

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A MEMORIAL concert that was held to celebrate the life of Pam Cunningham, the founder of the Kidderminster Valentines Choir, raised more than £2,500 for charity.

The concert featured various performances from the Valentines, joined by the Kidderminster Male Choir and Gwent Police Male Voice Choir, whose musical director, Rodger Appleby, is Pam's brother.

The three choirs performed a catalogue of Pam’s favourite tunes separately including As Long As I Have Music by Don Besig, She by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer, and Cwm Rhondda by John Hughes.

All three choirs joined together for the finale, in front of a sold out audience, to sing Speed Your Journey by Verdi.

Sue Strong, group member, said: “It was an incredibly fantastic tribute to Pam. It was very moving.

“We had a full house – every seat in the house was taken and the audience were treated to a totally magical evening.

“Pam’s entire family were there and they were very moved by the whole concert as all the audience who turned up were there to honour her life.”

About £2,500 was raised at the concert through donations and ticket profits which will now be donated to Kemp Hospice and the Kidderminster Food Bank, Pam's chosen charities.

Mrs Strong said: “They are both great charities which rely on money raised by people in the local area and we are very happy to support them.

“Pam received tremendous help from Kemp and they gave a lot of support to her family.

“She always tried to support and help others during her whole life, so we are happy to be giving something back to them.”

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