Leicester Mercury

Sax­o­phone group an £839 hit with sin­gle

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A VIR­TUAL Christ­mas char­ity sin­gle by Har­bor­ough’s Phoenix Sax­o­phone Orches­tra has raised £839 for Vol­un­tary Ac­tion South Le­ices­ter­shire (VASL) – more than tre­ble the orig­i­nal £250 tar­get.

The orches­tra’s ver­sion of Gaudete! fea­tured 14 mu­si­cians play­ing six dif­fer­ent types of sax­o­phone.

The fi­nal record­ing was posted on YouTube.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Jane Smith said: “We’d like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported this project and helped us raise this fan­tas­tic amount for VASL.”

Parish­ioners of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Har­ring­ton – where some of the sax­o­phon­ists ac­com­pa­nied an out­door carol con­cert just be­fore Christ­mas, do­nated £124, while band The Arthur Park raised £135 by auc­tion­ing a rare copy of their limited edi­tion vinyl sin­gle, The Life of Stan­ley.

PR com­pany LE16 Com­mu­ni­ca­tions gave a £100 do­na­tion.

Mau­reen O’ Mal­ley, char­ity man­ager for VASL, said “We are so grate­ful to Phoenix Sax for this con­sid­er­able do­na­tion.

“To produce some­thing which brings such plea­sure to those who hear it is a very spe­cial gift and we thank all of the mu­si­cians and those in­volved in pro­mot­ing sin­gle, as well as those of you who made do­na­tions.

“The money raised will be used to sup­port those in our com­mu­nity who are lonely and iso­lated and those who are car­ing for fam­ily mem­bers.”

Money can still be do­nated via the web­site: just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/PhoenixSax

For more about the orches­tra, see: phoenixsax.org.uk

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