HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, visited Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 14 April for a concert by Woking’s Epworth Choir in aid of Transform Housing & Support.
Our Royal Patron was welcomed by The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Dame Sarah Goad DCVO and the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Terence Patrick. Her Royal Highness was introduced to guests at a pre-concert reception in the Cathedral Refectory, sponsored by ExxonMobil.
The Countess was then escorted to the Cathedral for a performance of Haydn: The Creation by the Epworth Choir, accompanied by The Salomon Orchestra. The concert was conducted by Matthew Willis and featured soloists Helena Dix, Sam Furness and Grant Doyle.
The concert ended with a charity collection, which raised more than £2,000 for Transform Housing & Support. The concert is the second of several events organised by Transform during 2012 to celebrate 40 years transforming lives.
Elizabeth Kennedy, Chair of Transform Housing & Support, said:
“I am very pleased that so many people came to this wonderful concert to join us in celebrating 40 years transforming lives. We are very grateful to the Epworth Choir and to all those audience members who gave so generously in support of our work with homeless and vulnerable people. I would especially like to thank our Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex and our Patron Dame Sarah Goad for supporting us tonight.”
The proceeds from the concert will go towards our Transform a life appeal, which is running throughout 2012. The initiative will support homeless and vulnerable people in three crucial areas: helping them create a safe and secure home; improving their physical, mental and emotional health; and giving access to education, training and employment.