Caritas Consort Performance

Wimborne Minster’s Minster Makes Music appeal is set for a significant boost thanks to a high profile choral concert which takes place on June 20.

A Caritas Consort performance has been organised by the choir’s director Lindsay Gray, who is also Emeritus Director at The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and renowned for his consultancy work in education and mediation, choral music and charity development.

Lindsay will be making his first appearance in Dorset with the choir, bringing fifteen singers from Caritas, a Cardiff-based chamber choir which is passionate about raising money for charities through singing, performing to the highest level. Around 40 concerts have been staged to date which have raised almost £50,000 for different charities.

The choir, performs music from all periods, and will present a programme featuring 16th century music through to the present day.

Lindsay said: “We shall feature something for everyone, with sacred choral music which comprises a typical Caritas performance. The proceeds are generated via the ticket price and additional funds are raised via refreshments and a raffle. Tickets are available in advance and will also be available on the door. During the interval refreshments will be served to generate more funds for the Minster Makes Music Appeal.

“I am glad to be contributing to the Minster Makes Music appeal in this very special 900th year anniversary. I have connections with Wimborne Minster from my past role as director of the RSCM. It’s wonderful to see how various events are coming together as the local community and wider Dorset region support their Minster.

“We hope to raise at least £1,000 for the Minster – it’s all dependent on the audience’s’ generosity!

Said Andrew Curtis Chairman of Minster Makes Music, “We’ve been so lucky to attract Lindsay and the Caritas Consort to the Minster. The event will start at 6pm Saturday 20th June 2020. The tickets are now on sale at £12 each (£6 for Children and Students) and are available from the Parish Office or via the website link with a small booking fee (7.7%+60p).

"We are very keen to attract a sponsor for the concert, that way we can cover all of the costs and potentially match fund the £1,000 Lindsay hopes to raise from the event.”

The Minster Makes Music appeal is raising £1 million for the repair and rebuilding of the organ, and to establish a Music Foundation which will manage development of music in the Minster and tell more people about its musical heritage.

Andrew Curtis adds “We’re doing our utmost to encourage everyone to get behind the project in some way. Every penny we raise counts, as we need to reach our £1million target to see music continue at the Minster. If you want to sponsor an event, run an event or volunteer or help in another way please email fundraising@minstermakesmusic.co.uk.”

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