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Different kind of London at Christmas Question

Old Sep 17th, 2004, 02:38 PM
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Different kind of London at Christmas Question

After playing 18 consectutive years midnight mass concerts on Christmas Eve, I decided the only way that I could say no to being hired again was to make sure I was out of the country. So off to London we go.

Still, my wife and I thought it wouid be nice to share some Christmas music on the other side of the pond, so we are looking at the possibilty of doing a couple of charity shows in London for different derserving groups. We were thinking along the lines of Children's Hospitals and hospices. We were wondering if any of the London locals might have any suggestions for such locations and perhaps even some contact information. Other suggestions would be great also.

I'm on my way out to perform now, but I'll check in later to see if any ideas have come up. Thanks for your help.

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Old Sep 17th, 2004, 03:05 PM
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You might need to provide a bit more information before help can be offered. Do you play an instrument or are you a vocalist? Are there certain type of music? London is full of concerts at Christmas time. Perhaps you should come and enjoy others this year!!
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Old Sep 18th, 2004, 12:09 AM
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My wife is a classical guitarist and I play the French Horn (when I'm not playing jazz). As odd as that sounds as a duo, we play a lot together. We would be playing a variety of holiday music from different countries. Carols and such. I know that London is full of music, but sometimes, the people that can't get out as much don't get to hear it. I usually do a couple of shows in the States at retirement homes and the like. It seems to bring some joy where sometimes there isn't much. If I can do it there, all the better. Otherwise, I'll leave the horn at home. Still, it feels good to bring a smile to some faces.

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Old Sep 18th, 2004, 05:26 AM
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I wish my LW would play my French Horn more often.
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Old Sep 18th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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Degas, Go to your room.
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Old Sep 18th, 2004, 08:49 PM
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Did you find anything?
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Old Sep 20th, 2004, 08:31 AM
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I sent an email to the Great Ormonde Street Hospital for Children and am waiting for a response. I don't have any other options at this point. We'll see what happens.

Thanks.

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What a lovely idea! I can't think of anything offhand but I will certainly look into it for you when I get a chance later...
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MK - redeem yourself and be nice and tell him a few hospitals and organisations to contact!

Try and do a google for hospitals or NHS on the web. Maybe some childrens after school centres etc. The same types of places you would do at home. Sounds like a fun idea good for you.

Must get off my arse and start doing some volunteering like I said I would last year!
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Old Sep 20th, 2004, 08:46 AM
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This might not be quite what you were thinking but the charity Centrepoint do great things with young homeless people - there's a link here: http://www.centrepoint.org.uk - obviously they do a lot more at Christmas.

For hospices, here are a few I've found:
http://www.richardhouse.org.uk/rhhome.html
http://www.childhospice.org.uk/ (but doesn't seem to have any in London though haven't looked thoroughly)
http://www.hospiceinformation.info/f...rea/london.asp

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I have been involed with a charity called "Dulwich Helpline". The charity is based in East London and supports isolated older people in the local community - both in hospital and in nursing homes. This is not a very glamorous part of London but I am sure there are some elderly people who would enjoy your music.

I don't think the charity has a website but the number is +44 208 299 4594.
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Old Sep 20th, 2004, 09:13 AM
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Ah, there we go. Thanks for the advice. I'll start looking. Anyone else feel free to chime in.

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A bit of googling produced the website for the local federation of music societies, which might give some contacts:
http://www.nfmslondon.free-online.co.uk
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Not quite on brief, but you might try the Specialist Volunteers programnme at Crisis Open Christmas - a charity berst known for giving Britain's homeless a temporary roof (and food, and medical treatment and hairdressing and....) over the Christmas period.

Details at www.crisis.org.uk/volunt/christmas.php
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Old Sep 21st, 2004, 09:14 AM
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Thanks Patrick. I took a look through the website.

flanneruk: I'm sending the folks there an email to see if they have an interest.

I've heard back from the folks at Richard House and they are looking in to seeing if we can help them out.

This has been great help folks. Thanks for the information. We are playing at a retirement home in York when we are there. I still need to call the Dulwich Helpline.

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