A few weeks ago, the fabulous Jenny Peplow singers held a fundraising concert in Radstock for the Carers’ Centre. I got to attend as a spectator rather than a staff member, which meant I could relax as the volunteers did all the hard work! I also took my mum along, because all mums like a nice choir. We entered the venue to a sea of volunteers and thankfully, a room packed with eager audience members – some were carers that I recognised from my work at the Carers’ Centre which was lovely to see. Mum and I bought some raffle tickets and headed upstairs for a better view.
Soon, the choir came out, introduced by conductor Jenny Peplow. Dressed in black, the all-female choir looked so impressive, and when they started singing we all knew we were in for a fantastic evening. Covering our favourite pop and musical numbers in stunning three and four part harmonies, every voice of the 44-strong choir added something to the mix. My favourite song was a cover of ‘Jar of Hearts’ by Christina Perry, just because of the anger they managed to express while still sounding beautiful. However my mum started crying at “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ before they’d even started singing!
Just before the interval, Sonia spoke about the Carers’ Centre and all the work we do for any audience members that weren’t aware of our organisation. Then, we were directed to the tea, coffee, and most importantly, cake. The cakes had all been made by our fabulous volunteers and staff members, and some of them wouldn’t be out of place on Bake-off!
In the second half we were treated to a cover of ‘When Somebody Loved Me’ from Toy Story 2, sung by amazing 13-year-old Jasmine. I just about kept in the tears but as someone who’s lived and breathed Toy Story for years, it was a close one! At the end of the show we gave flowers to the amazing Jenny Peplow and applauded the choir for such an amazing evening. Then we held the raffle and some lucky audience members won some fantastic prizes including a hamper from Jamie’s Farm and a voucher for some luxury nail treatments.
The choir was fantastic and it was so nice to see them raising money for a local charity. It’s hugely exciting that every penny spent at the concert will help to support local people and it’s great knowing that more people now know a bit more about the plight of carers. I hope we see the Jenny Peplow singers again and can hold more fundraising concerts in the future – thank you to everyone that came and we hope you had a fantastic evening!