A concert held by Somerset soldiers and Cadets in aid of Care for Casualties is expected to have raised in excess of £3000.
The Care for Casualties Concert, held at a packed St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton last Saturday (November 23), featured the band of 6th Battalion the Rifles, Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir and International Soprano Mary Morgan.
Taunton man and Padre for 6 Rifles, Captain Steven Reed was a key player in organising the concert which was hosted by BBC Points West Reporter Clinton Rogers.
Praising the event, Clinton Rogers said “’What an evening, the church was packed and the audience certainly weren’t disappointed. It was a truly stirring night of entertainment.”
Steven said: “The choir had never before shared a stage with a musical band in its 67 year history and we shall not be waiting that long for a repeat opportunity.”
Over £1200 was raised in the retiring collection alone which followed an impressive last night of the proms finale led by Warrant Officer Clint Bray, the band and choir. Organisers are expecting to have raised a total of at least £3000 – the largest sum ever raised by the Taunton Dean Male Voice Choir.
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Grafton, Deputy Commandant of Somerset Army Cadet Forces (ACF) said: “There were plenty of people attending in uniform, including many from Bishop’s Hull TAC and a number of Jellalabad Coy Cadets wielding collecting buckets.
“The whole programme was really excellent, concluding with a full rendition of the Last Night of the Proms numbers, played by the Salamanca Band with all the audience waving Union Jacks!
“I hope they were successful in raising a substantial amount.”
Following the concert Taunton Deane Mayor Libby Lisgo described the event as “night of musical excellence” and applauded the town for its continuous support to local and national military organisations.