Popular Bishop’s Stortford choir, The Harmonaires, raised the roof in the glorious surroundings of Haileybury College Chapel on Saturday, as they presented ‘The Great British Songbook’ for an audience of 160 Isabel Hospice supporters. The Voices for Hospices evening was part of a worldwide series of concerts to celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (http://vfhchoir.com/more/.) Music ranged from Coldplay and Adele to The Beatles and Rutter.
Organiser Barbara Doherty MBE, President of Isabel Hospice and Chairman of the Special Events Committee said “The evening had something to suit all tastes from traditional songs in the first half including Zadok the Priest and Greensleeves and in the second half, music from The Beatles, Coldplay and Elbow. There was a mesmerizing rendition of the White Cliffs of Dover by soloist and musical director, Josie Cowley which everyone enjoyed. The evening was attended by civic dignitaries including the Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, the Chairman of East Herts District Council and the Mayors of Bishop's Stortford, Buntingford, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City.”
All the guests enjoyed canapes and wine in the interval in the famous Haileybury Atlee Room, named after one of the college’s most famous pupils, Clement Atlee.
Voices for Hospices over £6,800 towards the work of Isabel Hospice. This sum could pay for over 560 hours of specialist nursing for people living with life-limiting conditions such as cancer and motor neurone disease.
Mrs Doherty, from Much Hadham, thanked all the sponsors of the event, Haileybury and The Harmonaires including Chris Humphries co-founder and musical director Josie Cowley, for their huge contribution to the success of the evening. She also thanked her Committee for their continued hard work, their next Special Event will be "Christmas at the Manor" on 22nd November at Manor of Groves, High Wych, near Sawbridgeworth. All enquiries to Suzanne Coleman 01438 798 869.