Get up! Get on up!

After the success of the London2Sydney charity car painting, Cancer Research UK fundraising took a musical form this time as a troupe of talented musicians from Powerhouse music school in London came to Bedford’s Esquires music venue to entertain and delight.

At a chance meeting with Nick a few weeks ago, Powerhouse vocalist Sam Vaughan had mentioned that she was planning a charity concert to benefit CRUK and, on hearing about London2Sydney she suggested that we join forces.

With styles ranging from rock, funk and soul all on the menu, the program included a wide variety of acts showcasing Powerhouse’s hottest young musicians and included such classic floor-fillers as James Brown’s Sex Machine, Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music and Ocean Colour Scene’s The Riverboat Song.

The interval provided another great opportunity for fundraising as, thanks to the generosity of a number of local businesses (and to Nick’s sister Clare for getting in contact with them all), we had a great selection of prizes to give away in a charity raffle.

  • Marks & Spencer – bottle of wine and box of chocolates
  • Tescos – £10 store voucher
  • Debenhams – two teddy bears
  • Chambers Newsagents (Brickhill Post Office) – box of chocolates
  • He Keech & Son Green Grocers and Fruit Sellers – box of fruit
  • Sports Interactive – Championship Manager 03/04 & fluffy football

And a glow-in-the-dark Mosque Alarm Clock from an anonymous benefactor!

With the Powerhouse musicians back on the stage, the dance-floor quickly filled up once again and we were treated to another dazzling and energetic set, and two rousing encores.

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