The inspired idea of teenage soprano Grace O’Malley, a concert to raise funds for research into childhood cancers was a resounding success.
A capacity audience at Padiham Unitarian Church was treated to musical talent of the highest order, all from young musicians. Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Jazz group opened the evening, followed by Read Junior School Choir.
Three Tanzanian girls from the Bethany Project sang a capella, much to the thrill of the audience. The first half concluded with the star of the evening, Grace O’Malley, thrilling the gathering and introducing an amazing young lady, Molly Smith, who gave a most emotional account of cancer treatment she has undergone and sang a number from Hairspray.
During the second half Oliver Roberts, from Chetham’s School of Music, gave a remarkable performance on his flute, accompanied by Hayley Parkes. This was followed by the String Quartet from QEGS, and Marmaduke Schnitzel, a talented jazz ensemble.
The evening concluded with Grace introducing Annie Colclough, who accompanied her on the guitar for one item before Grace sang a number of foot tapping items, ending with a real Jubilee Union Jack waving Land of Hope and Glory!
As usual Grace gave a remarkable performance, despite a bad throat infection. The event was a tremendous success both socially and financially, raising more than £1,700 for the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies, a charity which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for research into childhood cancers. For more information visit www.ribblevalleyandwhiteroseladies.co.uk