350 people just loved the evening! “A brilliant evening; superb performances; great to share with so many friends” were just some of the comments received.
The Abingdon Operatic Society sang “Songs from the Shows” in the opening half while Abbey Brass provided a change of style with a set that they are about to take on tour to Scotland. The Charity Concert at a packed Amey Theatre, Abingdon was to benefit The Abingdon Bridge (youth support service) and MAI.
One of the biggest surprises was the auction of a donated bottle of fine whisky! Bidding was fierce and the prize was eventually secured for £300! Wonderfully, Kemp and Kemp estate agency underwrote the cost of the theatre hire, meaning more of the proceeds could benefit both charities.
MAI Board member, Colonel Emil Jeevaratnam, introduced MAI’s video featuring our Partnership Project in Uganda. Looking back on the evening, he said “this was a great opportunity to share our work with a wider constituency while raising some significant funds. Everyone seemed to feel it was a great show at a fair price and Uganda will benefit!” The Chair of Abingdon Bridge – Chris Bryan – compered the evening and was equally thrilled with the responsive audience.
Although all the costs are not yet known, it seems that the charities will benefit to the tune of £1,800 each! Music in May is music to MAI’s ears!