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A Charity Gala Concert is to be held at the Royal Hospital School Chapel on Saturday 16 March raising funds three important charities; the RNLI Lifeboats, Help for Heroes and the Woolverstone Project.

Peter Crompton, Director of Music, and Royal Hospital School Choir

Peter Crompton, Director of Music, and Royal Hospital School Choir

The Concert will feature a range of music from sacred and secular vocal to classical and jazz instrumental and will include pieces by the Chapel and Chamber Choirs, an Organ Solo by talented Year 9 pupil, Ben Banks, a Brass Ensemble and Orchestra, Barber Shop Group, the Concert Band, and the Corps of Drums with a selection from Les Miserables and St Louis Blues.

The Royal Hospital School has a long tradition of music and the 100-strong Chapel Choir has sung at prestigious venues both in this country and overseas. They have performed alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ipswich Regent and at the Royal Albert Hall and, this year, were at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance. The Band has played in front of large sporting crowds including the England vs. France Rugby Six Nations match at Twickenham and Ipswich Town Football Club this season.

The venue for the event is the magnificent Chapel at the Royal Hospital School which seats over 1,000 with facilities nearby in the Music School.

Tickets are £7 per person and can be booked online at www.rhscommunity.co.uk or via the Music School on 01473 326222. Please contact in advance to arrange disabled access.

The RNLI

The RNLI provides on call, 24-hour lifeboat searches and rescue services and a seasonal lifeguard service. Since it was founded in 1824, its lifeboats, and since 2001, its lifeguards, have saved more than 140,000 lives. More and more people are using beaches and the sea for leisure and RNLI crews and lifeguards are responding to an increased number of incidents. In 2012, 49% of launches were to leisure craft users, 20% to people ashore, 13% to people in the water, 10% to merchant or fishing vessels and 8% to other sea users. Their Values reflect the way they do business as an organisation, and their vision is to end preventable loss of life at sea. The work of the RNLI is Selfless, Dependable, Trustworthy and Courageous. http://rnli.org

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes’ mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support, for our wounded and their families. They emphasise that they will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning. Help for Heroes will not let them fight these battles alone. They provide services of Individual Support; Recovery Centres; Battling Back Programme; Sport in Recovery; Progression to Elite Sport; Hero Challenges; and a Home away from Home, to only name a few. http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk

The Woolverstone Project

The Woolverstone Project provides sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities in the local area. They do this with the support of RYA Sailability, The Royal Harwich Yacht Club, The Royal Hospital School and the many people and organisations who sponsor them financially. It is their aim to give people the fun and freedom of sailing with the help and tuition of fully qualified instructors, in a safe environment. In March 2012 The Woolverstone Project, were awarded RYA Training status and are now able to run certain RYA courses and issue certificates. Using Access dinghies at Alton Water and the Hawk and Drascombe at Woolverstone, they are able to deliver the full syllabus for the Dinghy Level One and Two courses. http://www.woolverstoneproject.org.uk