A big thank you to St Barnabas Church and its vicar the Rev Janet Faull, and to our musical director Glyn Oxley, our guest composer James D’Angelo and nonagenarian Trevor for making last night particularly special.
We’ve had some great feedback from Andrew and Robina Sabourin from Grippers who have written a letter congratulating you all.
Our retiring collection for Grippers raised a magnificent £348 – which translates to £436 with gift aid – and they are delighted.
I am writing on behalf of all the young people who will benefit from the retiring collection for our Gloucester charity Grippers, which helps the young recovering from mental illness, at the wonderful GSO concert last night.
The collection raised a spectacular £348.84 which will be boosted to £436.05 as this type of collection qualifies for Gift Aid. We are particularly touched that in addition to the response from the audience, many members of the Orchestra contributed very generously.
The warmth of the applause and smiling faces are a great tribute to the fantastic effort put in by Glyn and every member of your great orchestra. It was an impressive programme of music with the Rachmaninov and D’Angelo inspired by images and a full-bloodied broadside from Bruckner to leave us all inspired by that glorious echo from the high vaulted nave of St Barnabas.
Chairman of Trustees Grippers
We’ve also had feedback from one audience member Chris Woodhouse who loves Bruckner and spotted Trevor on TV – he also made a contribution to GSO funds. He took some photos and this is what he said:
Thank you for a fantastically enjoyable and excellent concert last evening. Here are some of the pics I took (and also forwarded to Mike Pleass, who happened to sit next to me!). It was a most enjoyable evening …….. and you really brought to life Anton Bruckner’s great 4th Symphony which we know well ….. and like second only to his 7th Symphony. When will you perform this please?!!
(We last saw the Bruckner 7th performed at the Proms at the RAH in 2015 by the Scottish National Orchestra . ….. and they did a great job. Look forward to hearing it in Glos tho!)
Thanks and best wishes to all,
Chris Woodhouse. North Woodchester.