Spectacular Halle Orchestra concert raises £25,000 for Blythe House Hospice

IN FULL FLOW -- the world-renowned Halle Orchestra.
IN FULL FLOW -- the world-renowned Halle Orchestra.

An evening of spectacular music by the globally-renowned Halle Orchestra at Buxton Opera House raised more than £25,000 for Blythe House Hospice.

The concert was pure profit for the High Peak charity because sponsorship deals organised by trustee Pat Holland covered the orchestra’s costs. Pat described the night as: “The finest orchestra in the world playing in the finest theatre in the world.”

The brass section of the orchestra was sponsored for the fourth year running by Specsavers Buxton, while the wind section was sponsored by the University of Derby.

It costs £2,500 a day to run the hospice, which provides support and care every year for more than 1,500 people of all ages affected by cancer, life-limiting illness or bereavement. The charity receives about 30 per cent of its funding from the government, but relies on public support for the rest.

Specsavers’ store director Tom Rhodes said: “We were proud to lend our support to such a worthwhile cause and a fantastic evening of entertainment.”

Margaret Bruce, deputy vice-chancellor of the university, said: “Our Buxton campus is renowned for its work in events management and tourism, and this concert demonstrates the career opportunities in these disciplines for young people.”