24 August 2021

St Albans alive with the sound of music

Two concerts are coming to St Albans in September, thanks to long-term musical supporters of Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

On Saturday, September 11 at 7:30pm in St Saviour’s Church on Sandpit Lane, the Herts Chamber Orchestra’s reawakening concert in aid of our services sees the welcome return of this brilliant musical ensemble.

Conducted by James Murray, the concert will begin and end with adventurous music from the 1770s - the surprisingly dramatic overture to Haydn's comic marionette opera Die Feuersbrunst, and CPE Bach's vivid Symphony in D. In between, Mozart's much-loved clarinet concerto featuring the orchestra's own Richard Stockall will be followed by Arthur Honegger's 1920 Pastorale d’été - transporting us to a summer dawn in the Swiss Alps in spite of any travel restrictions!

Tickets must be booked in advance, priced £15 each from our website here - but please note that seats aren’t allocated for this performance.

The following weekend – on Saturday, September 18 – St Albans Band Aid returns to entertain the city’s shoppers and raise funds from 10am till 6pm.

Located outside Ladbrokes on St Peter’s Street, bands will include a Neil Diamond tribute act, the brilliant Harpenden Busker Mike Hodge, Crazy Dog full band and the McLaren Wall duo.

Organiser Dene Rosewarn says he was more determined than ever to bring the event back this year, having had to cancel with a heavy heart last summer. “It’s always a great atmosphere and we know people love to hear live music. Hopefully we can raise some much-needed money,” he says.

St Albans’ shoppers always give very generously. In its 11-year history the event has raised thousands of pounds for local causes each year, sometimes as much as £5,000 with match-funding from Ladbrokes to boost shoppers’ generous donations.

If you could help raise funds by volunteering to hold a collection bucket on the day, please get in touch at community@renniegrove.org