The Cardinal Hume Centre’s inaugural concert has been a definite success, with incredible performances invoking huge applause and over £25,000 raised.
The Paul Goggins Memorial Concert, which commemorated the Centre’s chairman who tragically passed away at the start of 2014, took place on Friday 30th January. St John’s Smith Square was at near capacity on the night with all of the ground level tickets sold and only a handful of gallery seats left. There were even reports of people being turned away on the night after their desired tickets were unavailable.
The night started with a short speech from Centre chief executive, Cathy Corcoran, and Paul Goggins’ sons, Dom & Matt. They all spoke very fondly of the popular MP. Dom remarked on how nervous Paul had been before his interview to become Cardinal Hume Centre chairman, such was his respect and admiration for the Centre’s work.
Performers included the Southbank Sinfonia, conductor Maxim Rysanov, and some incredibly talented solo vocalists. The impressive concert pianist, Ashley Wass, tweeted on the evening:
— Ashley Wass (@ashley_wass) January 30, 2015
This was the first time the fundraising team had attempted an event of this kind, or of this scale, so they were unsure what to expect in terms of income. The grand total, including ticket sales, programme sales and sponsorship money from CCLA, came to an amazing £25,425.
Cathy Corcoran said: “The evening was a lovely mix of a stunning stand alone musical performance and a poignant tribute to Paul, especially in the moving words from his sons at the beginning of the concert. We are immensely grateful to everyone who made the evening such a success, especially our long term supporter, Ben Warren.”
Ben’s enthusiasm and industry knowledge was essential for making the event such a success – as well as his incredible generosity. On the night he was forced by Cathy to stand up and receive a well deserved round of applause.