The Grand Opera Raffle Prize Draw held on 1 April at Manchester Square Partners' Offices courtesy of Kate Donaghy was a really lovely event. A most sincere and heartfelt thank you to Kate for such generous hospitality. Rosalind Plowright OBE ( very kindly took time out of her busy schedule to do the draw. A film of the event is now being edited and in due course will be posted on this website so that those of you who were unable to attend can get an idea of how special the event was.


Eric Schneider - - very kindly donated his services as a photographer and some of the photos appear on this website.

A huge thank you to you all for working so hard at achieving this excellent result. Although we did not hit our target, I am hopeful that after the "report/thankyous" go out we may well hit £10,000.

You can still give to help reach the target of £10,000 by visiting OR sending a cheque to: The Administrator Sally Dyson,20 Kent House, Aylesford Street, London SW1V 3QB.


Prize Winners

The winners of the prizes in order of being drawn:

1. Glyndebourne Festival Opera Simon and Maggie Baynes - who have donated their prize to an elderly couple who have done volunteer work for Concertina and for the elderly in their community - John and Rita Robinson
2. ENO Alan Jackson
3. Royal Opera House Sarah Mortimer
4. Scottish Opera Adrienne Breen
5. Opera Holland Park Sara King
6. Welsh National Opera Alison Karlin
7. English Touring Opera Martin Kaufman
8. Longborough Festival Opera Jeremy Hosking
9. Buxton Festival Opera Lucy Newmark
10. Clonter Festival Opera Gerry Wakelin
11. Grange Park Opera John Carrington
12. British Youth Opera Gillian MacDonald
13. Opera Rara Lady Baynes
14. Newbury Spring Festival Guy Dawson

The Trust raises funds over and above its main endowment and, unless stipulated otherwise by the donor, these funds will be treated as part of the income rather than the capital of the Trust and therefore used to finance the annual grants to charitable organisations.

Drinks Reception at Charles Russell

On Wednesday 18th November 2009 Concertina held a drinks reception at the offices of Charles Russell, 5 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RD ( to thank their supporters and to announce the launch of the 2010 "Grand Opera Raffle". The partners of Charles Russell offered their beautiful new boardroom for the event and their in-house caterers provided delicious canapes. Music was kindly sponsored by Kate Donaghy of Manchester Square Partners ( and provided by the Kandinsky Wind Trio who work with Music in Offices (

10th Anniversary Celebrations

Concertina held their 10th anniversary celebration at The Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London on November 11th 2008 at 7.30pm. This year's Concertina Young Musicians Concert focused on music for harp and violin. It featured not only two rising stars but also two internationally renowned musicians. The repertoire was extraordinarily varied and there was music to suit all tastes. The featured young musicians were harpist Verity Thirkettle and violinist Giles Thirkettle, both selected for their outstanding talent and exciting potential. Why not visit their website at The internationally renowned musicians were harpist David Watkins ( and violinist Michael Bochmann (



David Watkins has performed as a soloist with many leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and London Sinfonietta. Founder of the Bochmann Quartet, Michael Bochmann has performed all over the world, recorded with several record labels and made over 50 broadcasts on BBC radio and television. The concert's venue of The Chelsea Old Town Hall boasts a prestigious heritage and the elegant main hall and ante rooms provided a superb setting for this outstanding event.


An auction of fabulous prizes was also held after the concert. Best seats in the house were won by participants in the "Grand Opera Raffle" for 5 different Opera Houses including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Lieder Recital at St John's Wood Church

On 19th July 2007 a Lieder Recital was held at St John's Wood Church, London NW8 and raised over £300 for the Trust. Despite a fairly meagre audience, turnout owing to the beginning of the summer hols, it was an appreciative audience and the word was spread about the valuable work Concertina supports.
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