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Concert by Edmund Octet helps to raise money

Edmund Octet

A concert by the Edmund Octet, which was supported by the female quartet of Classic Semme, has helped to raise £750 for the My WiSH Charity.

And the event, held at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Bury St Edmunds, has been hailed a huge success by Gill Garside the musical director for the octet.

The venue was packed with supporters for the concert which featured a host of well-known songs and tunes including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “Is This The Way to Amarilo” and “She”.

The money raised will go towards paying for specialist exercise classes for prostate cancer patients at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Edmund Octet Cheque presentationGill said: “We have an annual charity concert and last year we raised money for the Women’s Refuge so this year we decided to do something for a men’s charity.”

The cash was raised from admission prices plus donations and a raffle.

The Edmund Octet was formed in 2008 by top tenor Marcel Rousseau and has been directed by Gill since 2009.

Whilst the Octet did start with eight members today there are actually 12 of them.

This means that if someone is ill or unavailable they always have enough members to sing each part.

Their repertoire is wide from Palestrina to songs from the shows with Mozart, Britten folk songs, light jazz, pop classics, Latin motets and barbershop in between.

Gill usually accompanies the Octet on the keyboard but some of the singing is a capella.

Photos: Gill Garside with members of the Edmund Octet.

Written by Russell Cook 


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