Ten years study at the Royal College of Music from the age of twelve, exceptionally talented local musician, Andrew Hurst joins the Devizes Town Band for Saturday’s spring concert, titled Greatest Love Themes.
The Band announce their delight that Andrew is to join them. He has many years of performing and teaching experience, and his sensitivity to atmosphere and huge variety of repertoire makes him highly sought after on both guitar and lute.
Also, wonderful and talented local actress and singer, Laura Deacon, has agreed to be compere for the concert at The Corn Exchange, Devizes. Laura has had a variety of lead roles with Devizes Musical Theatre, for which some of the Band perform the music. Laura has wowed audiences with her beautiful voice and her incredible portrayal of a wide variety of characters, ranging from a harlot to a powerful politician.
The concert raises money for Wiltshire charity, Alzheimer’s Support, who have an office and Day Club in Sidmouth Street. In a change from the traditional black, band members will be wearing other colours to make the concert more dementia friendly.
Some people living with dementia see a black mat or flooring as a bottomless black hole, which is understandably very scary. They can also see people wearing black as floating heads, because they cannot identify black clothes.
Babs Harris, CEO of Alzheimer’s Support said: “People’s perceptions can change when they have dementia and it is fascinating to hear from some of them how they now see colours. It is so heartening that Devizes Town Band have taken this on board for their concert and taken this extra step to make their performance truly inclusive and dementia-friendly. It promises to be a wonderful evening of music and the bright colours will only add to the celebratory atmosphere.”
“As an organisation Alzheimer’s Support is committed to listening to the voices of people living with dementia. We are very grateful to the Band for taking the initiative to make this happen.”
Greatest Love Themes is on Saturday 11th May, 7:30pm. Tickets are £7.50 from Devizes Books, or online via www.devizestownband.com
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