09 June 2015
City’s young singers come together for Gala Concert for the Grand Appeal
More than 250 of the best young voices in Bristol, and one of
the world's leading conductors, are coming together for a special
gala concert in aid of the Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's
For one night only, the City of Bristol Choir will be joined by
Exultate Singers, Bristol Youth Choir and choristers from
Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church for a special performance conducted
by world-famous composer John Rutter CBE, and City of Bristol
Choir's Musical Director David Ogden.
Mr Rutter is a patron of the choir, and will conduct the
singers' performance of his well-known Mass of the Children as part
of a musical programme that "celebrates childhood".
The choir will also perform Jonathan Dove's cantata, There Was A
Child, and Handel's classic Zadok the Priest, which was recently
listed as one of the BBC's "Ten Pieces" to engage children with
The concert will take place on Saturday 20 June at Colston Hall
in support of The Grand Appeal.
David Ogden, musical director, City of Bristol Choir, said, "The
gala concert is sure to be a fantastic evening. The fact that such
an esteemed composer as John Rutter is attending to conduct the
choirs in person is a real testament to the talent that we have
here in Bristol!
"With over 250 singers set to perform on the night, we thought
it was a great opportunity to try and raise as much money as we can
to support the Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital
charity, which does such fantastic work for babies and children
from all over Bristol and beyond."
This very special evening will be particularly meaningful to
Aedan Bailey, 10, from Brentry, one of Bristol Youth Choir's
youngest members. Aedan was rushed into Bristol Children's Hospital
at just five weeks old, and was diagnosed with three different
heart defects: a very rare, and very serious, combination.
Aedan underwent surgery for all three conditions over a
three-week period in July 2004, remaining in intensive care for
eight days. His treatment was a complete success, and Aedan was
able to go home just a few weeks later.
Aedan's story was featured in The Bristol Post as a baby, with a
special article published to mark his first birthday.
Now a happy and healthy ten-year-old, Aedan visits the hospital
for annual check-ups but is not on any regular medication. He lives
a very active life, playing football and basketball, but his real
passion is singing.
Aedan's mum, Elaine Bailey, said, "Aedan joined Bristol Youth
Choir three years ago and it is very special to him. He loves to
perform and to be part of something that does so much for the local
"The treatment and care that Aedan received at Bristol
Children's Hospital was incredible, and we were delighted to hear
that the gala concert would be in support of the Grand Appeal. To
be told your newborn baby is very poorly and has to undergo such
major surgery at such a young age is a very scary experience, but
the team that looked after Aedan were fantastic and helped us all
through a difficult time. We hope that the money raised by the
concert will help the hospital continue to provide such brilliant
care to the babies and children that need it."
Proceeds from the concert will go towards supporting music
therapy at Bristol Children's Hospital, one of the key services
that the Grand Appeal helps the hospital to provide.
The hospital currently works with two qualified music
therapists, who hold one-to-one and group sessions with young
patients while they are in hospital. The sessions are a valuable
outlet for children, offering emotional support as well as an
opportunity to relax, be creative and express themselves.
David Ogden continued, "We all know the impact that music can
have on our lives: it can lift our spirits and change our mood
completely. When the City of Bristol Choir discovered that it takes
more than £40,000 each year to fund music therapy at the Children's
Hospital, we decided that a concert with children, about children,
and for children was the best way to help the Grand Appeal fund
that service. We hope that many people are able to join us to be a
part of it."
Nicola Masters, director of The Grand Appeal, said, "Music
therapy is a key part of the services we help the hospital to
provide, and the sessions have a real impact on the patients
undergoing treatment. We are delighted that the choir has chosen to
support us through this very special concert, a truly fitting way
to help us keep this vital service running."
The Gala Concert takes place during the first ever Sounds
Inspiring Children's Music Festival, a series of massed singing
sessions, workshops and concerts involving thousands of young
people across Bristol.
For tickets, call the City of Bristol Choir Ticket Hotline on
01454 778477, or visit
There is no booking fee for purchases made via the City of Bristol
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