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Storey Creates a Splash!

29th September 2014

Robin Cox, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, reports on a wonderful fundraising event

On Saturday evening (20/09/14) an audience of over 150 were thanking their lucky stars that they had booked a ticket for 'An Evening with Ian Storey.'

The Herefordshire-based operatic tenor had taken time off from his hectic life performing on the international stage to entertain classical music lovers for two hours in Leominster Priory. The evening, in support of  The Music Pool’s ‘Splash!’ Appeal was a huge success as Ian sang through a wide selection of material, including A Shropshire Lad, excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius and arias from Pagliacci, Othello, La Fanciulla Del West and Les Troyens. His fine rich and strong tenor voice sounded quite magical in the ideal acoustics of the Priory.

Ian was most sympathetically accompanied by local pianist Rhiannon Davies. Her wide experience came to the fore with her delightful and reflective playing. She was the ideal complement for the solist who, in the second half, regaled the audience with a string of anecdotes and insights about life working with the stars of the opera world. The audience left with a glow in their hearts reflecting on the warm and friendly atmosphere created by The Music Pool, who stage managed the evening with their usual enthusiasm and panache. A considerable sum of money was raised for this wonderful charity which commits itself to enhancing the lives & well-being of local people through taking part together in music activities.

The audience enjoying Ian's performance                                          Ian singing 'A Shropshire Lad'

To leave the last word with Ian Storey after this breathtaking concert :"One of the things that staggers me is how much The Music Pool does and the wide variety of functions that it has, in spite of funding being reduced all the time.  The breadth of their involvement in society is phenomenal."

It is anticipated that The Music Pool and Ian Storey will get together again sometime to produce some more magical moments in the future.

Robin Cox - Chairman of the Board of Trustees

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