Charity concert supports two good causes

An afternoon of marvellous music pulled in the pounds for Ark and another good cause at the weekend.

Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) and The Larks singers teamed up for the charity concert in support of Ark and St Peter and St Paul's Church - the parish church of King's Somborne.

Former BHMVC member Bill Martin, who now lives in King's Somborne and is a member of The Larks, was the driving force behind the concert. 

The audience were treated to a wonderful afternoon of varied music as BHMVC, whose members have raised thousands of pounds for Ark in recent years, and The Larks performed alternating sets that showcased their choral talents.

BHMVC performed under the leadership of their renowned musical director Dai Ogborn, while The Larks were led by musical director and alto Deborah Smart.

Mark Jones, for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, gave the audience an update on the charity's £5million appeal which is helping to fund a new Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

The generous support of the audience at the free-to-attend concert meant that just over £800 was donated through the retiring collection, with the proceeds being divided between the two good causes.

Mark said: "Thank you to BHMVC and The Larks for putting on this wonderful concert, and for supporting Ark as one of the beneficiaries. Particular thanks to Bill Martin, who has supported Ark as a member of BHMVC in the past, for leading on the organisation of the concert, and thanks to all who attended for their kind and generous support."

Picture: Members of BHMVC and The Larks pictured as they teamed up to sing Climb Ev'ry Mountain as the finale to the concert