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The unimaginable awfulness of the Grenfell Tower fire shocked the nation as much as any international disaster – indeed perhaps more so for it being right here, in London.

Following the thousands raised by Messiah 4 Haiti and Messiah 4 Philippines, the Concerts from Scratch Messiah edition conductor/editor David Meacock has decided to do Messiah 4 Grenfell, for three reasons. Please click on the image to read on, on p. 2  . . .

And HERE for David’s concert programme introduction and soloists’ biogs.

PRESS RELEASE: Messiah 4 Grenfell raises nearly £6K


Entrepreneurial professional musician David Meacock is celebrating the success of his Messiah 4 Grenfell having exceeded all expectations, and doubling his previous best for similar events, by raising nearly £6,000 - £5,753 to be precise – to help survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire get back on their feet via the Family Action Charity.  The benefit concert took place in Holy Trinity Church, known as the Promers’ church as it’s just opposite the Royal Albert Hall which hosts the BBC Promenade Concerts.


To paraphrase Churchill, David was the Chairman of the event’s Organising Committee consisting of two with one sending permanent apologies!  As well as conducting the 260 strong choir and nearly 30 piece orchestra, he relinquished the podium to Malcolm Hicks, who for many years played the organ for the Last Night of the Proms, to also sing the tenor solos.  The soprano solos were sung by Wigmore Hall cloakroom girl Milly Forrest, who in the Summer made national media headlines after taking over at short notice to sing there to rave reviews and is currently a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music.

 

David said afterwards: “With such a massive chorus gathered together, it was a great privilege to have the reliability and comradery of such an enthusiastic orchestra, continuo team, soloists and conducting help from Malcolm.  We had a tremendous range of dynamic ranging from the more thoughtful introvert movements to the thunderously exhilarating Halleluiah Chorus which must have been heard at South Kensington tube station!!!”


David Holmes CBE, Family Action’s Chief Executive said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to David Meacock for choosing Family Action to distribute the money he has raised.  These funds will allow us to continue to help people through our Grenfell Tower Grants Service. To date  we have given 246 grants totalling £318,000 to families and individuals affected by the terrible  fire in June. Those grants have met a wide range of needs from replacing items destroyed by the fire such as toys, clothes, furniture and IT equipment to specialist items to enable people to go back to work or to continue their studies.  We have also given money to help cover additional travel and childcare costs or to help with large phone bills so that people can keep in touch with relatives. We have also given grants to people who really need a short break away from the area. We will ensure that all of the money raised by David will go to people affected by the fire.”

ENDS.  Nov. update: Total: £5,765.  Click HERE for Family action CE’s thank you letter.

PRESS RELEASE: Messiah 4 Grenfell raises nearly £6K

Click HERE for full press release with background notes.