Concert to raise funds for Banbury charities

Anjali Dance Group's Hannah Dempsey at a previous performance
Anjali Dance Group's Hannah Dempsey at a previous performance

The Banbury Symphony Orchestra will hold a summer concert on Saturday (June 27), with all the proceeds being donated to two local charities.

The ‘Music To Make You Dance!’ event is supported by Banbury Town Council and will raise money for The British Heart Foundation, as well as the Anjali dance company.

The Orchestra’s programme for the night features Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and music from Leonard Berstein’s West Side Story.

They will be joined on stage by performers from the Banbury- based dance company Anjali, a charity which strives to develop the creative abilities of people with learning disabilities.

Nicole Thompson, director of Anjali, said: “The concert will be a prestigious opportunity for our members to demonstrate their talents and everyone here is very much looking forward to June 27.”

The performance by the orchestra will also feature the world premiere of a new work by Brackley composer Nick Planas, entitled The Symphony of Dances.

Julie Hieatt, chairwoman at the British Heart Foundation in Banbury said: “We are extremely pleased to be the BSO’s partner.”

“The money raised will help the local branch of the country’s number one heart charity enormously.”

“I hope that St Mary’s is packed for what will be a fantastic evening of entertainment.”

Leader of Banbury Town Council Kieron Mallon also voiced his enthusiasm, adding: “We are pleased to support this annual charity fundraising event.”

“This year it will be an evening of superb music and dance that will raise funds for local good causes.”

“We hope local people support it - and that the concert is a wonderful success.”

The concert takes place on Saturday, June 27 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Banbury.

Tickets cost £10 each and are available to buy from Julie Hieatt on 07539 210607 or by emailing

They can also be bought from the Town Hall during normal office hours.

Under 18-year-olds can attend the event for free but they must still apply for a ticket.