Monday, 24 September 2018

Musicians unite for concert for Nepal

MEGAN HENWOOD is to perform at a charity concert to raise money for people affected by the Nepal earthquake.

MEGAN HENWOOD is to perform at a charity concert to raise money for people affected by the Nepal earthquake.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter will host the show, called Music for Nepal, at the Kenton Theatre in New Street on Saturday, June 6 at 7pm.

All proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee?s Nepal earthquake appeal.

The concert is one of a number of forthcoming fund-raising events which also include a salsa dancing night and a Thames cruise.

Megan busked in Nepal when she was a teenager and still has friends in the capital Kathmandu.

She said: ?I have visited Kathmandu many times and recorded there alongside Nepalese musician friends.

?Nepal really was instrumental in shaping my musical self ? their approach to music is part of their spirituality and it affected me deeply.

?The situation there now is too terrifying to contemplate. Some friends I have heard from, some I have not.?

Megan won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2009 with her brother Joe and released her debut album, Making Waves, in 2011. Her second album, Head, Heart, Hand, was released last year.

Other performers will include Nubiyan Twist and the Diminished Quartet, singers Mollie Marriott (pictured) and Freada and Joe Henwood, who plays the saxophone. The evening will be compered by Henley guitarist and entertainer Andy Mallen.

Megan is also hoping to involve some Nepalese Gurkhas.

Ed Simons, chairman of Kenton trustees, said: ?We are delighted to be involved. This is partly what the theatre is there for, these impromptu fund-raisers.

This will be one of these emotive occasions when we help those innocent people who have had their lives turned upside-down.

?Through the theatre, I?ve witnessed how charitable the people of Henley can be. They are extremely generous and for something of this nature I?m sure they will put their hands in their pockets.?

Tickets cost £12 and can be bought from the theatre box office on (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk

Donations can also be made through the Disasters Emergency Committee website, www.dec.org.uk

Next Sunday, a salsa dancing night will be held at Pachangas restaurant in Duke Street, Henley, with all proceeds going to orphanages in Nepal. The event has been organised by Vivienne Connery, who runs the Chocolate Café in Thames Side, and will feature dancer Jennifer Benavidez. There will be a hog roast and sangria.

Ms Connery said: ?There will be some fantastic performances on the night and opportunities for people to try their hand at salsa dancing.

?I do salsa and I went to a Nepal fund-raiser recently which was a great night. I would have done this in the café but I?m good friends with Carlos [Tovar], who runs Pachangas. and his venue is much better for parties.

?When I heard about Nepal I knew I had to do something. We are very privileged and to help others out in any way is important.?

The event will start at 7pm and tickets can be bought at Pachangas or the café or by calling the café on (01491) 411412.

Boat hire company Hobbs of Henley will hold a fund-raising cruise on the River Thames in aid of the Nepal earthquake appeal on June 18.

The company hopes to sell 80 tickets for the cruise on the New Orleans from 7pm to 11pm. Chef Otto Stromfelt will provide food and the Tom Michell Trio will perform.

Managing director Jonathan Hobbs said: ?The cruise came about after a conversation with Otto where we decided it would be nice to do something to raise money for the appeal. That?s where we came up with ?Cruise for Kathmandu?.?

For tickets, call Hobbs of Henley on (01491) 572035.

* Hobbs of Henley has donated more than £200 from the business?s takings over the May bank holiday weekend to the British Red Cross to help the relief effort in Nepal.

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