Concert to raise funds for charity

A concert to raise money for ex-servicemen and women will be held in Banbury later this month.

Banbury Symphony Orchestra will perform ‘Music to Honour the Brave 1914-1918’ at St Mary’s Church on Saturday June 28 – the day of the town’s annual Armed Forces Parade.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Royal British Legion and to the Army Benevolent Fund.

The orchestra of about 60 local musicians performs four main concerts each year, including the town’s annual Christmas Concert.

Emma Callery of the orchestra said: “In future, all of our summer concerts will raise money for local good causes. We have chosen ex-service charities this year because 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 – and it is appropriate that we recognise that and pay tribute to those who fought in the Great War and other conflicts.”

The concert is being organised in association with Banbury Town Council, which runs the Armed Forces parade, and with the Rotary Club of Banbury.

Leader of the council Kieron Mallon, who is also president of the Banbury Royal British Legion branch, said: “This is a wonderful gesture by Banbury Symphony Orchestra. I am sure the concert will be a success and will raise a large sum of money for two deserving charities.”

Mr Mallon is also the North Oxon representative of the Army Benevolent Fund. He added: “It is especially appropriate that the concert is on the day of Banbury Armed Forces parade.”

The highlights of the programme will be Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Land of Hope and Glory. The programme will also feature works by Britten and Kelly that speak vividly of the turning point in history that was the First World War.

The concert will start at 7.30pm and tickets costing £10 are available from Banbury Tourist Information Centre and where more concert details are available.