The ‘Sound of Music’ filled All Saints’ Church in Leighton Buzzard as local musicians performed in a special concert to raise money for Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade.
The ‘Music from the Movies’ concert took place on Oscars weekend and saw many musicians coming together for the first time to perform as the Leighton-Linslade Gala Orchestra, alongside the well-known Heath Band.
The orchestra was conducted by Dennis Pim and led by Dafydd Billinghurst. Heath Band was conducted by Simon Farmer and the evening was compered by All Saints’ Church warden Nick Clarke.
More than 200 people, including the town’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Syed Rahman, packed into the church to enjoy a feast of film favourites, ranging from 007 and Star Wars, to The Mission, Schindler’s List and music from well-known westerns.
Concert-goers also took part in a rousing rendition of songs from The Sound of Music.
More than £3,500 was raised for the charity, through ticket sales, a raffle and other donations.
Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade trustee Katharine Reedy, who assembled the orchestra and played violin on the evening, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the support of so many people in putting together this event, including All Saints’ Church who provided such a welcoming venue. The evening was really special and great fun.
“On behalf of the trustees, staff and volunteers at Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade, I’d like to thank everyone who helped, performed or came along to enjoy the music, as well as the many local businesses and individuals who donated fabulous prizes for our raffle.
“Everyone was incredibly generous and the amount raised, which far exceeded our expectations, will make a huge difference as we strive to maintain this vital service in the town.”
For further information or to make a donation to Citizens’ Advice Leighton-Linslade visit www.leightonlinsladecab.org.uk