Saturday, August 4, 2007

Richmond's first openly-gay Mayor hails community concerts

Publisher: Ian Morgan
Published: 01/08/2007 - 10:59:56 AM
Article available here

Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, has announced that his community concerts raised about £4,000 for his Charity Fund.

Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, the
Mayor of Richmond upon Thames

The three community concerts, held at York House, were Youth Night, World Music Night, Rainbow Nigh, and were designed to complement the Mayor’s theme for his year in office of “diversity and inclusiveness”.

“Although the weather could have been kinder, the concerts were a great success and the Sunken Lawn at York House proved to be a wonderful venue, which we should use for this purpose more often” said The Mayor.

“I want to thank all those who participated in the concerts from our local schools through to the professional acts such as ‘4 Poofs and a Piano’ – they were all superb and each concert generated its own unique atmosphere. The firework display at the end of the Rainbow Night concert was simply superb.

“The support of the Richmond Music Trust, the Council’s Head of Arts, the Facilities Team at York House, the Deputy Mayor, the Twickenham Town Centre Manager, all the staff volunteers, the Orange Tree Theatre and Mr David Machekie, who acted as MC, was essential to the smooth running of the events.

“I would also like to thank Pepsi Europe, Anheuser Busch Europe, Fosters Europe, Sainsburys, Waitrose, The Cabbage Patch, the Twickenham Tup and Pallavi for their support in kind.

“Subject to the availability of York House we will hope to hold a Sunday afternoon prom concert, with the Kew Wind Orchestra, in early September and maybe repeat the Rainbow Night concert next February to coincide with LGBT History month.”

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