Petersfield Lions Club and the Petersfield Town Mayor, Sue Harwood, have joined forces to produce a

Charity Concert 
at the 
Festival Hall
Saturday 11th April 
starting at 7pm.  

The main performers will be :-
Portsmouth Military Wives,
The Hampshire Guitar Orchestra (HAGO) 
Ready to Rock School.

There will be two intervals, a Bar & a Raffle. 

This is an event purposely designed to appeal to a wide audience with
ticket price just £12.50
Concessions £10 (16 and under).

Tickets are available from:-
"One Tree Books", Lavant Street, Petersfield.
"The Petersfield Post", High Street, Petersfield
"The Town Council" reception desk at the Festival Hall

or online :-

Buy tickets

All of the proceeds from the Concert will be divided between
the Town Mayor’s charity Artscape, Military charities and Petersfield Lions Club charities.

Doors open at 6pm and the concert starts at 7pm

First on stage will be "Ready to Rock School" 
which is run by one of the UK's top rock vocalists, Mark Thompson-Smith. Former lead singer of bands, Praying Mantis, The Sweet, Big Life and premier South Coast covers band, Fay Wray, Mark leads the excellent Ready To Rock tutor team in providing youngsters and adults, with lessons in either guitar, bass, drums and vocals whilst preparing them for the 'full on' rock band experience! 

Based in in South East Hampshire, Ready To Rock School hosts weekly sessions in Portsmouth, Havant, Waterlooville and at Petersfield's Herne Junior School and puts on regular rock events for charity, to enable their students to play in front of large crowds and to help raise awareness of the charities in the local area. 

Along side the initial learning of the notes,chords, scales, beats and rhythms within the rock school lessons, great emphasis is placed on providing a live band jam element in the sessions and with Mark and his tutor team encouraging the students to make new friends and gain confidence in their playing ability, the students start to form their own bands within and also outside of Ready To Rock School e.g. SPARTAN, REACH OUT TILL DAWN AND LUCKY 13. 

Mark's aim for his students is simple....'Playing music in a band is one of the most rewarding activities there is, it's certainly been kind to me and I want to be able to share that wonderful experience with as many aspiring young and more mature rockers as I can!!' Opportunities for the young bands to play at local venues and festivals are sought both by Mark and the students' parents, with notable successes in the past for SPARTAN at Butserfest and the O2 Indigo Rooms and more recently for Lucky 13, at Victorious Festival, the youngest band to play at Southsea's hugely successful event last summer. LUCKY13, now average age of 14, are the current leading lights from Ready To Rock School and are playing full 2 hour shows, full of original and cover songs and proving to all in the local music circuit that age is definitely no barrier to success. For the Town Mayor's Charity Concert, LUCKY 13 appear with special guests, Kirsten Pether and Phoebe Martin, both temporarily filling in for regular vocalist,ELLA PAYNE.

Second on stage will be "The Hampshire Guitar Orchestra" (HAGO)  

HAGO was formed in 1999 and was distilled from an ensemble guitar workshop that Derek Hasted (Musical Director) still runs alongside it. HAGO is one of only a few Niibori Guitar Orchestras in the UK, meaning that as well as classical guitars, we play 3 other sizes of guitars, from the small and high-pitched alto guitar to the huge contra bass guitar.These unusual guitars give HAGO a range of pitch far greater than a standard guitar ensemble and make it possible to tackle music normally way outside the 
standard guitar repertoire. The quiet and delicate sounds impart new life and character to a whole range of music from Renaissance dances right up to some of the modern day classics.

HAGO won first prize in the 6th Guitar Orchestra Competition of Great Britain in 2003, and plays regular concerts, many for local charities. Classical Guitar Magazine, one of the world's leading specialist guitar magazines, described HAGO's 2005 concert as "Riotously good ensemble" and "inspirational".

Concluding the evening on stage will be "The Portsmouth Military Wives" 

The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir was formed in November 2011.
In January 2012 Gareth Malone contacted the choir inviting them to perform on the album 'Military Wives Choir: In My Dreams' Following on from the album, members of the choir were invited to record and perform along with others at the queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, the number one song written by Gary Barlow and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Sing',
The Choir went on to record a version of the John Denver classic ‘Annie’s Song’ on the second Military Wives Choir album. 

The choir have been very fortunate to have been invited to perform at many high profile events such as 'D-Day 70 years on' at the Royal Albert Hall, BBC's Stargazing 2014, the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters concert for BBC Radio 2's program 'Friday Night is Music Night' hosted by Jeremy Vine at Biggin Hill Airport, the launch of the London Poppy

Appeal for the Royal British Legion, various TV performances with some of our choir ladies which include the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall 2012, ITV's Surprise Surprise and Songs of Praise. We have also been fortunate to have been invited to sing at some very special venues such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace for the Queens Royal Christmas Message, St Margarets Church at Westminster Abbey, the Ageas Bowl International Cricket Ground, the South Coast Proms at HMS Excellent, and Ely Cathedral are to name but a few.

The choir today are made up of nearly 80 ladies, 
all of whom live within the local area of Portsmouth, which has a strong connection to the military, in particular to the Royal Navy. There are wives/partners of all three services present and also serving ladies within the choir. The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir is part of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation. The choir provides its members with a support system which has proven to be invaluable to many ladies since coming into being as well as having provided them with some incredible concerts and experiences in the process!


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