Playing for Parkinson’s

In a delightful and varied programme, Wycombe Sinfonia and oboe soloist Heather Cossins played to a full ‘house’ in aid of Parkinson’s UK on Saturday 13 June.  The ‘house’ in question was actually St Francis of Assisi in High Wycombe and we are grateful to the church for the use of their facilities.

Organised by branch member Mary Phipps, a cellist in the orchestra, the event raised the fantastic sum of £2300 for Parkinson’s UK .

Our thanks

We are very grateful to so many people for making the concert such a success and our thanks go to everyone involved:

  • Mary Phipps for so brilliantly organising everything
  • the anonymous benefactor who so kindly paid the event expenses
  • John Dunnett (conductor), members of Wycombe Sinfonia and Heather Cossins for giving their time in rehearsals and a tremendous performance on the night
  • the volunteers, too many to name individually, who helped make the event run so smoothly
  • and, last but not least, a huge “thank you” must go to the 150 people in the audience who filled the church and supported Parkinson’s UK so generously

Concert-goers said:

“It was thoroughly enjoyable and the young oboist, Heather, was especially good – transported me into another world”

“The concert was a triumph … Heather played the oboe concerto and the Mission theme wonderfully well and the other pieces too were lovely. A great evening …”

“Congratulations! It was such an enjoyable evening in every way. The choice of music was great and the orchestra was very professional. I love the oboe and the soloist was superb.”

“What a joyous evening it was yesterday! Such lovely music beautifully played… it was a most enjoyable time. If only we could have more classical orchestral concerts at our church”

“we enjoyed the concert very much – it was a pleasure to help” (volunteer)

“I really enjoyed the evening – you all sounded great!”

“It was a pleasure to help and I enjoyed being involved. I enjoyed the concert very much, especially the oboe pieces.” (volunteer)

“What a lovely evening … a wonderful success … your musicians are very talented people. My friend really enjoyed her evening as well and the tone of the whole event which was warm and friendly”

“It was a pleasure to play to a full church” (orchestra member)

“The concert on Saturday evening was a great success and very enjoyable indeed”

“We were very happy to help and I really enjoyed playing too” (orchestra member)

“Congratulations! It was a really wonderful concert, everyone really enjoyed it”

“such a lovely concert”