Opera Holland Park marked the one year anniversary of the Grenfell disaster with a special gala performance yesterday evening, raising money for the Rugby Portobello Trust. The gala was given in memory of Debbie Lamprell, who was a member of the OHP’s staff when she died in the Grenfell fire, and for all victims and their families and friends.
Will Todd led the massed choir and City of London Sinfonia in a new orchestral arrangement of his setting of ‘Amazing Grace’, which you can experience below:
Funds raised by this year’s memorial concert will enable more than 100 children and young people from North Kensington to attend ‘residential’ trips, week-long visits to the coast and countryside, which allow them to try new activities and escape the pressures of everyday life. To find out more about donating to the Rugby Portobello Trust, please visit: rugbyportobello.org.uk
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At Opera Holland Park’s Hope For Grenfell concert in aid of Rugby Portobello Trust a choir of 200 children and adults from the community, alongside the opera chorus, performed ‘Help Me Believe’ – a new piece commissioned by OHP with words and music by Will Todd and Gareth Malone. Through a series of workshops organised by OHP’s Inspire Project, members of the community helped write the words, describing their hopes for the future and their desire for remembrance.read more
In case you missed it, still available on BBC iplayer, a 'Jazz Celebration for Pentecost', featuring the Will Todd Ensemble and the combined choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields was broadcast for Pentecost. Hymns include the well-loved Every Time I Feel the Spirit, God...read more