2017/11 Stagecoach West Bridgford

Cds featuring the music will be on sale during the event in aid of PSP


Stagecoach West Bridgford perform in the wonderful setting of St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham

2017/11 Stagecoach West Bridgford and Southwell give wonderful a Charity Choir Concert in aid of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

On the 11th of November 2017, Stagecoach singing teacher Sammy Taylor, along with students from Stagecoach West Bridgford, and Stagecoach Southwell, performed in a Charity Choir Concert in aid of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). The concert was held at St Barnabas Cathedral, Derby Road, Nottingham. The recording was available to buy on CD at the concert, with all profits going to the PSP charity.

What is Progressive Supranuclear Palsy?

The concert was held in aid of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. This is a neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. Over a period of time, this can lead to sufferers having difficulties with balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing. There are believed to be around 4,000 people living with PSP in the UK today.

Why did Stagecoach choose to help the PSP charity?

Sammy is a peripatetic singing teacher, teaching at Stagecoach West Bridgford as well as to GCSE and A Level standard, and she holds a Masters degree in vocal and operatic performance. She is very keen to help the PSP charity because it’s a hugely important organisation to her family. Her husband’s grandmother suffered with this terrible condition. Sammy therefore wishes to help raise awareness of this little known condition, and support the lives of people living with it today.

Tom Dale, Principal of Stagecoach West Bridgford, said, “Our talented students at Stagecoach West Bridgford and Southwell were honoured to be performing alongside our exceptional singing teacher Sammy. I’m glad we helped to raise lots of money for this very worthy cause, and delivered our most moving performance possible at the concert.”

Sammy Vernon
Music Teacher Sammy Taylor

Photos from the Charity Choir Concert

Eleanor Moore
Eleanor Moore sang a fabulous selection of songs by Mozart, Handel and Schubert

Frankie Sosna Rose
Frankie Sosna Rose entertained the audience with a stunning selection of songs by Handel and Le Fleming

The singers Samantha Joy and Eleanor Moore clearly enjoyed performing for the assembled audience

The talented Samantha Joy, and chief organiser of the show, loved performing songs by Schumann, Adam, Puccini and Bach/Gounod for the audience

Stagecoach West Bridgford
Stagecoach West Bridgford students gave an enthusiastic performance of Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing”

After a break and some delicious mince pies (the first of the season), Stagecoach West Bridgford gave an excellent performance of ‘Just One Person’ by Grossman

Samantha Joy gave a heartfelt performance to the assembled audience of classics by Wildhorn, Lloyd-Webber and others
Mezzo Soprano Samantha Joy gave a heartfelt performance to the assembled audience of classics by Wildhorn, Lloyd-Webber and others

Jorja and Fran Foster chose to perform songs by Menken and Schwartz, with ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical Wicked being a personal highlight from Trent Events’ viewpoint 🙂

The BBC Radio Derby journalist Wesley Mallin gave a very moving, poignant tribute to his late father, who was skilled at fixing anything but was tragically unable to fix this disease. There was barely a dry eye in the house as the journalist described pointless surgeries his dad had endured before he was properly diagnosed, then highlighted how the cruel disease of PSP progressively robs people of their ability to walk, talk and even swallow.

Stagecoach Southell, under Samantha Joy’s guidance gave a wonderful performance of ‘The Rhythm of Life’. After this, there was another real highlight of the evening: a performance by all of the charity single ‘We Are As One’. We loved it.

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