27 May 2015

Abbey concerts help mark 30 years of Caring at Rennie Grove

St Albans Abbey lit upSt Albans Abbey was lit up in pink and purple last week (May 20, 21 and 22) during a series of special concerts to help mark 30 years of caring by Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

The concerts, organised by the charity in conjunction with the Rock Choir, included pieces from local choirs as well as performances from lead singer of the Hollies, Peter Howarth. The Rockabellas, opera singer Simon Wallfisch as well as Michael Papadopoulos and Tom Winpenny, Cathedral organists and trumpeter Tom Semple also took part in the event. Performances were hosted by Pam Rhodes, presenter of BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Joint presidents of the charity, Mary Groves and Moira Rennie, attended the opening night. Mayor of St Albans Salih Gaygusuz, Mayor of Dacorum Gbola Adeleke and Town Mayor of Harpenden Brian Ellis also attended over the three nights.

Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rennie Grove, said: “This was a remarkable event that was very well supported. There really was something for everyone and those who attended all left with a smile on their faces.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Pippa Gearing, leader of the Rock Choirs and Chris Langford, Treasurer at the charity, who organised the event and helped ensure it was such a success with a diverse programme.”

The three concerts helped raise more than £25,000 for Rennie Grove, enough to fund 12,500 hours of specialist nursing care. Over the three nights more than 1,300 people attended.