Concert series to help fund Armstrong Hall rebuild

August 23 2018
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An autumn series of fundraising concerts starts this September, with organisers saying any profits will go towards Phase 1 of the Armstrong Hall redevelopment project.

 The annual concerts have raised over £100,000 over the last seven years. 

The cost of the rebuild is currently estimated at £4.9 million. It will pay for the existing hall to be demolished whilst preserving the historic Cossham Hall, and for a larger stage and performance space to be built. 

A fundraising strategy is due to be put together in the next few months. Concert organisers say the events will demonstrate community engagement, which can be essential for grant applications. 

The first concert ‘The Last Ballade’, takes place on Saturday 22 September in the Cossham Hall.  It’s a play with music, portraying the end of the tempestuous affair between Frederick Chopin and George Sand.  

Michael Lunts is the performer, who depicted Chopin in ‘Winter in Majorca’ at the Cossham Hall last year. This performance offers an insight into George Sand’s personality through Chopin’s eyes. She has been described as both his muse and his vampire.

Many of the pieces which are inspired by George Sand, including the Berceuse, the famous Minute Waltz and the F minor Ballade, are played live as part of the action as Michael Lunts portrays both Chopin the man and Chopin the musician.

Tickets cost £14 including interval refreshments. They’re available from Thornbury Town Hall or via 01454 412272.