Local music charity to stage free anniversary concert
A local music charity is staging a spectacular free concert to celebrate its 10th anniversary
The Great Bowden Recital Trust (GBRT) 10th Anniversary Concert will be held in Leicester Grammar School’s 800-seater St Nicholas Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday 28 June and will involve performances from more than 300 singers and musicians.
This spectacular evening of music will include performances from GBRT’s Junior X Factor competition winners, young orchestral players, the GBRT’s jazz and swing band, saxophone choir, chamber ensemble, adult and youth flute choirs, adult and youth vocal choirs and samba percussion group Carnival Drums. There will also be a special guest performance from renowned concert pianist Roger Owens, who is a regular with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The GBRT is a registered charity that aims to get local people, especially youngsters, involved in performing and appreciating music.
GBRT chief executive Andrew Cartwright said: “This will be the biggest concert we have ever staged and it is a fitting celebration of how far we’ve come since our launch in 2004. All the concert performers will be giving their time for free and we look forward to welcoming music lovers from across the county to this not-to-be-missed event.”
Over the past 10 years, the GBRT has raised over £23,000 to fund more than 2,500 instrumental lessons for hundreds of children in south Leicestershire and north Northants, performed to thousands of people at four European concert tours and hundreds of local concerts, founded an annual Junior X factor competition and started up nine choirs and ensembles that now have almost 300 members.
Further activities for the GBRT’s anniversary year include the launch of a Sponsored Learn to Play programme, to encourage people of all ages to take up an instrument, and a trip to the Royal Opera House for the GBRT Youth Flute Choir, where they recently became the first amateur group to perform at this prestigious venue.
“We could never have achieved all this without the support of our performers, their friends and families, our local schools, music teachers and sponsors,” continued Andrew. “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped the GBRT reach this important milestone and look forward to their continued support for many more years to come.”
The GBRT is sponsored by LE16 Communications, 2th Dental, MH Music and Gordon Blunt Analytics. For more information, visit the GBRT’s website at www.gbrecitaltrust.co.uk
The free tickets for the GBRT 10th Anniversary Concert are available from MH Music, 7 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough and from the GBRT by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 28 June, Leicester Grammar School, 7.30pm
Photo: Picture shows the GBRT’s youth vocal choir on a recent concert tour to Leuven in Belgium. GBRT chief executive Andrew Cartwright is pictured back row, third from the left.