Cantley Proms preparations going with a swingBy Caroline Cook
July 15, 2010
Classical music fans are being advised to snap up tickets for a night at the proms as preparations get into in full swing.
Musicians are tuning their instruments and singers are warming their voices ready for an evening of classical music as the Cantley Proms draw nearer.
Maurice Monk, event organiser and owner of the Cantley House Hotel in Milton Road, said: “Preparation is going great.
“There are always anxious times because everybody leaves it to the last minute to buy tickets but we know it ends up being full so people should get their tickets soon.”
The proms are held in the picturesque gardens of the Cantley House Hotel, which open at 5pm on Sunday. Guests are being invited to enjoy a picnic in the grounds while they wait for the performances to begin.
The Wokingham Choral Society will welcome guests to the proms by singing a variety of classical pieces.
Throughout the evening visitors will experience musical delights from artists including the Lewisham concert band, internationally acclaimed trumpeter Crispian Steele Perkins and talented opera soloist Fiona O’Neil.
While guests enjoy a picnic in the idyllic grounds they will also be helping to raise money for charity as all profits from the event will go to Wokingham Mencap and Cecily’s Fund, which assists children orphaned by Aids in Zambia.
Mr Monk said: “We have always supported Wokingham Mencap in anything we do.
“People think of Mencap as being a national organisation but Wokingham Mencap is just a few people working out of an office nearby to help people.
“This year we were also asked to support Cecily’s Fund by Richard Fawkes, who has set the arrangement for the proms.”
Michael Lodge, office administrator at Wokingham Mencap, said: “Our charity helps people with learning difficulties. We are absolutely thrilled that they are raising funds for us. It’s a big event so it’s quite good that way.
“I’m planning to attend myself and I am hoping the weather will be lovely.”
Cecily’s Fund is a UK charity which works with Zambian partnership organisations to help children who may have been made vulnerable by AIDS go to school.
Sabita Banerji, communications officer at Cecily’s Fund, said: “It’s wonderful for us because apart from the money raised, which will go a very long way in Zambia, it’s also lovely because a lot more people will find out about the work we do.
“We provide children with school uniforms, shoes and books so they can go to government schools.
“We also offer children the opportunity to train as teachers. The HIV epidemic has had a really severe impact on the number of teachers.
“Once the children become orphans along with the trauma of losing their parents they lose hope.
“If they can get through school and also become teachers they have this really important role in society and they also become really good role models for orphans in their classes.”
Advance tickets for the proms cost £20 for adults, £17.50 for concessions, £18 for people aged between 18 and 23 and £11 for children and they will cost more on the door.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.cantleyproms.co.uk or call Cantley House Hotel on (0118) 978 9912.