A gala fundraiser for the Cardinal Hume Centre took place at Holy Apostles parish hall in Pimlico, central London, on Saturday evening, with a wine tasting, an auction and a concert of classical songs and arias, sung by MP Sarah Teather and Canon Pat Browne accompanied by pianist Richard Black.
The short wine tasting was led by Margaret Harvey, Master of Wine. Guests sampled wines from France, New Zealand, Spain and South Africa. This was followed by an auction with some very generous bidding for lots, including luxury hampers, restaurant meals, tickets to major football matches and an art tour. The highlight of the night then, was the concert of music by Handel, Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and others, sung by Sarah Teather, Lib Dem MP, who is Minister for State for Children and Families, and Canon Pat Browne, Parish Priest at Holy Apostles and Roman Catholic Duty Priest to Parliament – the first since the Reformation. They were accompanied by pianist Richard Black. All three gave terrific performances and received a standing ovation and encore.
Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners at Holy Apostles the night raised £5,000.