Open 2 All Concerts

Interested in The British Open Golf Championships in Lytham this summer? Come to Lytham and you’ll also be able to enjoy a series of concerts from jazz to gospel while also raising money to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

The Open 2 All concert series has been organised by local accountant and CAFOD supporter Mary Whittle in support of CAFOD around the world.  Some of the monies raised will also support the two church venues where the concerts are taking place.A real community venture, the programme of 13 concerts contains something for everyone – from drumming, to folk, to gospel singing to classical.

The programme starts on Monday 16th July in St Annes with a concert from Beatz Meetz an energetic percussive drum circle.

Beverley Alexander – Lilli De Carlo

Later that evening the Cardinal Newman College Big Band plays funky jazz and in a separate concert Lilli de Carlo, 1940s swing singer takes us back to another time and style of smooth music.

Moorland Folk

There’s a change in musical style on Tuesday 17th July with the distinctive and popular sound of Lancashire Celtic folk rock from Moorland Folk.  Back to jazz later that evening with a concert from The Colledge Jazz Seven who’ll delight us with 1920’s Dixieland and  classics of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s by Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Carmichael and other great song writers. The accent is on light-hearted entertainment!

Marianne Neary

On Wednesday 18th July Open 2 All presents 5 concerts in two separate venues: if you enjoy beautiful folk and Gaelic music you’ll enjoy listening to Marianne Neary and Anna MacDonald.

Anna MacDonald

The inspirational gospel music with the One Voice Community Choir will have you tapping your feet and clapping along with its charismatic and talented director Tyndale Thomas MBE.

One Voice Community Choir

Further down the road at St Joseph’s in Ansdell , a recital of song, piano and organ music is given by gifted local musicians Christopher, Frances and Ian.

On Thursday 19th July the talented Lytham Community Choir are preceeded by bellringers from the church.

Jeanne D’Arc

Whilst on Friday 20th July there’s a choice of two concerts: the The A Cappella Singers from the Ribble Valley and Jeanne D’Arc – musical extracts from Jim Thomas and the Proscenium Theatre Company’s hit play Jeanne D’Arc.

A Cappella Singers

The concerts culminate on Saturday 21st July with BBC Symphony Orchestra Players – tickets are selling fast for this.  Professional musicians on our doorstep performing top quality chamber music by Brahms.

Organiser, Mary said:

“What started as an idea for one concert has expanded rather a lot! There will be concerts to suit all musical tastes including Jazz, Folk and Gospel. I’m delighted that so many popular local performers and professional musicians are giving their time to travel to Lytham and St Anne’s to support this venture.  This year, CAFOD is focusing on providing clean water and safe sanitation for people around the world – a real basic need that we take for granted here.

Proceeds will primarily go to CAFOD, and the two churches.

“I really hope people will enjoy the concerts while knowing their evening out is also making a huge difference to those far away.”

To download a flyer for the concerts, click here

To download a poster for the concerts, click here

For an order form for tickets, click here

Or visit the website for more information: www.open2all.co.uk

To offer some time in volunteering during these concerts, please contact the CAFOD Lancaster office on tel no 01772 733310 or email lancaster@cafod.org.uk

We hope to see you there!

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