Kevin Walke Music

EARTH HOUR CONCERTS

The 2016 Earth Hour Candlelight Concert took place on 19 March and was an amazing occasion with around 130 people attending and with an incredible £1,580 raised which this year will go to David Longe and the CMS link that our church has in Jerusalem to support all the work the Diocese is doing with refugees from Syria in Jordan and Lebanon.


The audience were wonderfully receptive to the varied and eclectic musical programme of two halves which this year also included both individual and group performances from the Benefice Choir Trebles, and we would like to thank Alex Wright, Clara Mann, Maddy Samways and Verity Mann who captivated everybody with their music ranging from C16th Bach to C21st Taylor Swift. 

Likewise, the “seniors” of Beth Samways, Bob Foster, Helen Mann and Joan Walke were amazing, despite everything else they have on their plates at the moment: having to fit in rehearsals, learning pieces and lots of practicing; we really do appreciate all your hard work, you are an amazing group of musicians and you have our unending gratitude for what we have all achieved. 

We made a decision at the end of 2015 that 2016 would be the last Earth Hour Candlelight Concert that Alison and I organised and we are very pleased (and somewhat relieved!) to go out on such a high note (pun intended!).  The support and encouragement we have been given by so many people over the eight Earth Hour Candlelight Concerts we have organised has been amazing and we thank each and every person who has played a part in that.


Thank you to all who participated, supported and came along to share their Earth Hour with us.  It was both humbling and a privilege to be part of such a wonderful evening.

Earth Hour 2017 takes place on Saturday 25 March and the Director of Music for this concert is Bob Foster (rmfoster10@yahoo.co.uk) or you can still email axbridge.earth.hour@hotmail.co.uk


 Feedback received on our 2016 Earth Hour concert:


"... the children were just wonderful ... a great addition ..."

"The whole concert was one of quality"

"We always enjoy coming to your Earth Hour concerts and this year's was probably the best so far."

"It was good to have information provided [by video] that was both informative and entertaining."

"A wonderful concert"

"A wonderful way to spend my birthday evening"

"A great achievement"

"Amazing!"



Reviews of our 2015 Earth Hour concert:


"Words can’t explain our admiration for the skills of the group, the thought, work and commitment that each put in to give such a fine performance and such a wide variety of material."

"It was a fabulous evening, I loved every minute of it."

"What a wonderful evening - perfect singing, thrilling instrumentalists, such talent."


"We really enjoyed the concert ... such variety of music and beautiful singing, well done!"

2015 saw us raise just over £1,000 - a new record for our Earth Hour concerts.


HISTORY OF EARTH HOUR
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world, born out of a hope that it would be possible to mobilise people to take action on climate change. 


The inaugural Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia on 31 March 2007 with 2.2 million people of Sydney and 2,100 businesses participating.

2014 saw the introduction of Spiderman as the superhero of Earth Hour.  After a tie-in between Sony Pictures and WWF, Spiderman made an "appearance" in Singapore (Earth Hour’s global headquarters) before the film’s Hollywood stars countdown to the hour-long blackout at the Marina Bay area.

Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in over 7,000 cities and towns across 162 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.


Further information on Earth Hour in the UK is available here: http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/ and here for the global site: http://www.earthhour.org