Local choir Soundbytes performed their spring concert at United Reform Church in Leatherhead on Friday 18 March and raised a fantastic £900 for Transform.
Soundbytes' special guest, Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy, The High Sheriff of Surrey for 2015-2016 and Transform’s Vice-Chairman, spoke briefly during the interval to describe the charity's work. Transform helps homeless and vulnerable people, giving them one-to-one support to help them address the issues they are facing, working in close partnership with local authorities and other agencies.
The choir, led by their Musical Director and Founder Hazel Hannam, sang songs in three and four part harmony from their varied repertoire. The concert began with the choir processing into the auditorium and standing among the audience to sing a gentle lullaby before taking to the stage.
“The show stopper was the show starter! So many people said what a lovely experience it was to hear the harmonies and voices all around them. I was so pleased that we were able to support this important charity. Being homeless can happen to any one of us...it only takes a few bad decisions or traumatic events outside of our control and we might ourselves be dependent on Transform.”
Paul Mitchell, Transform Chief Executive said:
“We are extremely grateful to Hazel and the Soundbytes choir for choosing to support Transform. It was an excellent performance and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”
The set included songs by The Beatles, Eric Whitacre, Queen, Toto, songs made famous by Andy Williams and The Mamas and Papas, as well as traditional folk songs. The choir was accompanied by Meredith White on piano and Michael Chidgey on guitar.
"Yet another great end to a genuinely fun term, the choir put in so much effort. I was really pleased with our three new songs. I am very much convinced that every concert sees further improvements and another increase in the choir's confidence."
For more information about Soundbytes, visit: www.hazelhannam.co.uk