Our 'Love is...' choral concert raised the roof!

On Saturday 3rd February 2018, a triumphant concert was held in aid of our branch, one of a series of events to mark our 50th year.

Robert Nicholls, one of our volunteers, curated an eclectic musical programme. Over 150 people filled the lovely Church of the Good Shepherd in Dyke Road, Hove to listen. The concert was a great success with music that was engaging, moving and in places quite sublime, just right to meet the needs of a mixed audience.

The Ouse Valley Singers showed how brilliant a community choir can be, whilst the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir reminded us that the human voice can be the most beautiful instrument of all.

It was wonderful to hear Fi Hunnisett, another Samaritan volunteer, perform Schumann, Puccini, Bizet and the lovely I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables with great sweetness and grace. And Caolan Walpot blew the audience away with his harp solo by Godefroid.

Concerts take far more work than it might appear from the outside; the surface calm belies the effort it takes to get everyone on stage, rehearsed and with the right music in front of them.

We thank Robert, Fi, the conductor, all the musicians and the accompanist. Their generosity is hugely appreciated. Through tickets sales and donations, the concert made a net profit of £1,783.60. All Samaritans are volunteers, and we must raise money to run our centre as well as look after our callers. This concert has enabled us to maintain our centre for 10 more days, supporting people who are lonely, desperate or suicidal by text, email, phone and face-to-face. How wonderful is that?