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A packed-out Cowes Methodist Church was the venue for a concert by the Phoenix Choir last Saturday (17th September), where a total of £1,000 was raised for Cowes Sailability, a local charity that provides sailing opportunities for the disabled.

The choir sang their usual wide-ranging programme of easy listening songs covering a number of musical genres, including of course for that particular evening, ‘Sailing’; ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the film Titanic; ‘Band Of Brothers’ from the TV series and the 1970’s hit ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ seemed to generate some of the loudest applause from the audience, although every song was well received and the soloists were especially appreciated.

Patrick de Peyer, Commodore of Cowes Sailability Club has said:

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“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the talented Phoenix Choir members and the enthusiastic audience, who gave their time and money to support Cowes Sailability Club.

“The funds raised will enable us to offer free sailing and boating trips for island people with disabilities during Cowes Week next year. Adults and children with severe physical impairments, complex needs and learning difficulties will be able to experience the thrill of being on the water and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Phoenix Choir’s Musical Director, Robin Burnett said:

“The response to the publicity of the concert undertaken by Cowes Sailability was wonderful – to see a church filled to capacity is always a great motivator for any performance and last Saturday at Cowes Methodist Church was a truly enjoyable evening. The audience were very enthusiastic from beginning to end and the level of their applause suggested that the choir were appreciated. The atmosphere in the church was warm and friendly and this always makes for a memorable occasion.”

The charity’s slogan ‘Putting Smiles On Faces’ was very apt from both the choir’s and the audience’s perspective. Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable evening.

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The choir’s final concert this year is on Saturday 29th October at All Saints Church, Freshwater in aid of their ‘Tower & Floor Appeal’. A 19:30 start, free admission with a retiring collection.

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