Classics Galore! concert coming soon at Exeter University’s Great Hall

PUBLISHED: 18:30 08 July 2017

Classics Galore! at Exeter University's Great Hall.

Classics Galore! at Exeter University's Great Hall.

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The SW Comms Band from Lympstone and singers from Ottery St Mary Choral Society are teaming up again for another Classics Galore! concert this autumn.

The Classics Galore! concert series was founded by cancer patient Dick Passmore and his wife, Posy, in aid of FORCE, the cancer charity. The Classics Galore! concert series was founded by cancer patient Dick Passmore and his wife, Posy, in aid of FORCE, the cancer charity.

Tickets go on sale this week (July 1) for the event at the University of Exeter Great Hall on Saturday, November 18.

It’s the sixth time the popular gala event has been staged in aid of the Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter (FORCE) cancer charity.

Classics has now raised nearly £70,000 for FORCE. Profits from this year’s concert will be set aside for new equipment aiding the treatment of women with cancer at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital (RD&E).

November’s concert will feature 200 top local musicians and singers, and offers a wide selection of popular classical tunes for orchestra, choir and brass band.

The musical programme features well-known works from films and shows, including pieces from Les Miserables.

The evening culminates in a rousing Last Night of the Proms style finale, led by soprano soloist Penny Daw.

The Great Hall’s terrace bar will be open for meals before the concert and a bus service to and from the main car parks will be offered. Tickets will range in price – depending on location – from £15 to £24.50 each, with under-16s from £12.

This year, for the first time, tickets will be available online through the Classics Galore! website - www.classicsgalore.co.uk
You’ll be able to choose seats in the stalls, gallery or upstairs boxes. Tickets will also be on sale at the Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets (EVIT) – call in at the Dix’s Field office, email evit@exeter.gov.uk or phone 01392 665885

Classics Galore! was founded by cancer patient Dick Passmore and his wife, Posy. The concerts have been held every two years since 2007 and Dick, a former Exeter policeman who is still receiving treatment at the RD&E and support from FORCE, is proud of what has been achieved.

“When, in 2007, I stood on the stage at Great Hall to introduce the first Classics Galore! concert, I was desperately hoping that we would raise a few hundred pounds for the wonderful FORCE Cancer Support Centre,” said Dick.

“My wife, Posy, and I were absolutely staggered when the total raised was in excess of £6,000!

“Since then, we have been amazed at the success of the concerts, and this year’s sixth will hopefully raise the total to something in excess of £80,000, getting closer and closer to my aim of raising £100,000 for such a worthwhile cause.

“Classics Galore! has become a firm fixture in Exeter’s musical calendar and is one of the most popular indoor concerts in the city. While Posy and I have handed over the organisation to a brilliant committee, we obviously still want to be part of it all, and look forward to seeing the concerts go on as long as possible,” he added.

Sarah Daniels, FORCE head of income generation, said: “We are so fortunate to have the support of Classics Galore!

“The money raised from an event like this ensures FORCE can continue to fund vital equipment for the RD&E. We would like to extend a massive thank-you to all the Classics committee who work so hard to ensure a superb evening goes ahead in November.”

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