Horsham wildlife charity to host concert and afternoon tea

Virginia McKenna - picture by Andy Gotts SUS-140922-121408001
Virginia McKenna - picture by Andy Gotts SUS-140922-121408001

International Wildlife Charity, The Born Free Foundation, has teamed-up with the University of Chichester’s acclaimed Chamber Orchestra to present an exclusive Concert and Afternoon Tea, at one of Sussex’s most stunning venues, Goodwood House, on Sunday 23rd November.

Hosted by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE, and her son Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation, and in the presence of Her Grace the Duchess of Richmond plus other special guests, the event will feature a host of classical and operatic favourites performed under the direction of internationally renowned conductor, Crispin Ward. Sopranos Erin Alexander and Rhian Cookson, Tenor Adam Hoskins and Bass Mathew Mellor are amongst the vocal soloists confirmed for the day, which is just one of the event to take place this year in honour of the charity’s 30th anniversary.

Virginia described the event as the perfect way to start the Christmas period, saying: “I am very much looking forward to the day and anticipate a vibrant, exciting and engaging atmosphere. A delightful and very special venue, a delicious tea and wonderful music - what more could one ask for?”

University chamber orchestra conductor Crispin Ward said: “This promises to be a spectacular night in one of the country’s most beautiful buildings, and will raise awareness and support for the Born Free Foundation. The concert is one of many our ensembles will undertake this year to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charities both at home and abroad. The Chamber Orchestra is one of five orchestras in the music department, which is now one of the largest of its kind in the UK.”

Guests will also be able to enter a prize draw and browse a selection of Born Free’s Christmas merchandise, whilst sipping a glass of champagne next to roaring log fires. Money raised will go to support Born Free’s work in its thirtieth anniversary year.

Limited tickets are available at £55 per person. To reserve one, please visit: https://give.bornfree.org.uk/products/afternoon-tea-at-goodwood-house-434

Report and picture contributed by The Born Free Foundation.