Salcombe Variety Concert

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Salcombe Charity Concert In Aid Of Cancer Research was held on Saturday and raised £750! The audience had a great time listening to a wide variety of different music including the Panache choir who began the evening's events.

Panache were followed by a talented violinist, Jack Highley and was accompanied on a couple of songs by his mother on the piano. Jack is 14 and has been playing the violin since he was 5. He took his grade 8 exam a couple of years ago, and in September 2015 started to attend The Purcell School, a specialist school for young musicians. There, he is very much enjoying the opportunities to share music with others and has already played in the school Symphony Orchestra in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in a programme of wonderful Russian music.  He is also lucky enough to have marvellous teaching in violin, and exposure to teachers of chamber music, theory, aural, choir and guitar.

The first half of the evening was closed by Dynasty, an acapella barbershop quartet.  Dynasty Quartet all come from the same family. The combination of this Father, Son, Grandfather and Uncle give this quartet it’s very close and natural sound .Andrew (Lead), Joshua (Tenor), Roy (Bass) and Gary (Baritone) have between them, over seventy years of experience in singing their unique style, of four part harmony. They enjoy singing a varied repertoire of songs which consist of both, pure Barbershop and modern day classic love songs.

The first act on following an interval of delicious drinks and nibbles was guitarist and singer, Joshua Vaughan. Joshua Vaughan is a very talented 19 year old who is studying Music & Performance at Plymouth University. Joshua who attended Kingsbridge Community College has always shown an interest in all styles of music. Joshua is a singer, songwriter and says that his style is influenced by Rock, Blues and Folk. He has recorded two EP’s of his own songs which he is just about to promote. He has performed at numerous events around the South Hams and is delighted to be supporting tonight’s charity concert.    

Josh was followed by Alex Highley, a talented pianist. Alex is 18 and he has played the piano since he was 8, being taught by his mother for a number of years before going off to boarding school at 13. There he has flourished, doing well in his musical studies, especially of late, and also gaining a black belt in karate. He is hoping to go to university to study Psychology in the next academic year. 

Musical act, Panache closed the evening's acts with some up tempo numbers including some great actions, enjoyed by the audience. The evening was to raise money on behalf of the Kingsbridge Branch of Cancer Research. The group was formed over 50 years ago and is still going strong. In the last 28 years this group has raised in excess of £292,000. Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, they have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of their volunteers and supporters. They continue to look for new members and their contact is Allison Rose-Price 01548 580724.