THE organisers of tomorrow night’s Music for Nepal benefit concert at the Kenton Theatre say they want to
THE organisers of tomorrow night’s Music for Nepal benefit concert at the Kenton Theatre say they want to sell out the New Street venue — and are calling on Henley Standard readers to help them do it.
Earlier this week the team behind the show were delighted to learn that they are to receive the support of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment.
They will be joined tomorrow night (Saturday) by soldiers in full dress uniform with ceremonial khukris and Gurkha hats and a group of khukri dancers who will perform their famous knife display.
Major Scott Dunlop from the regiment, which is based in Aylesbury, said: “I am very pleased that we have been brought together in support of this fantastic initiative to help the Nepalese people. Many of my soldiers’ families have been directly affected, so it will be an honour and privilege for them to assist in any way they can.”
Megan Henwood, who is spearheading the team organising the event, said: “The evening is shaping up to be very special indeed, with an extraordinary variety of music and entertainment.
“However, at the core of everything we are doing is the desire to keep the spotlight on the people of Nepal and to help them by raising funds and keeping up awareness of their ongoing plight.
“They will soon be facing the consequences of the monsoon season, which will trigger landslides on mountains destabilised by tremors. Relief supplies still haven’t reached many of the remote valleys and the task of reconstruction is enormous. The media interest is fading yet the situation is still critical.
“Having the support of the Gurkhas will really help us in our fundraising efforts and is a huge honour. I suspect that a performance of the khukri dance will be a first and last on the Kenton stage!
“We are so pleased to be able to include it in our eclectic line-up for the evening and hope that it will encourage everyone to come along so we can fill the Kenton.”
Speaking earlier in the week, Megan’s mum Lucie, who is also among the organisers, told the Standard: “The concert is this weekend and we really, really need to sell every single ticket as, thanks to the generosity of all concerned, including our marvellous local theatre, every single penny of the ticket money will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
“I don’t think the good people of Henley have cottoned on to how good the musicians that are performing on the night really are. Nearly all of the performers are full-time professionals recognised and respected in the music industry for their talent.”
Tickets are £12, available from the Kenton Theatre box office and website. Call (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk