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Jubilee concert at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Since 1965, Contact the Elderly has been transforming the lives of lonely older people with the simple concept of tea, cake and conversation at Sunday tea parties.
To commemorate our 50th anniversary we are holding a Golden Jubilee Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on 29 October 2015 at 7pm. We would love for you to join us for our biggest celebration to date!
Attendees will be invited to ‘celebrate the power of contact’ with an evening of orchestral music and readings from special guests. Through the hour-long performance, a mix of musical and classical greats will remind us of where we started and how far we have come...
Maureen Lipman will attend the evening to perform a special reading as choral and orchestral forces join together under the famous dome of St Paul’s to mark 50 years of relieving loneliness and social isolation. Some of London’s most talented young musicians from The London Choral Sinfonia will be directed by esteemed conductor Michael Waldron for unique performances of classical greats.
The evening's programme includes pieces from Sound of Music (Hammerstein), Company (Sondheim) and Ave Verum (Mozart). The beautiful music will recreate the joyous atmosphere of Contact the Elderly tea parties. See the full concert programme here.
With over 7,500 volunteers currently supporting our 570 groups nationwide, our simple formula of tea and cake has created over a million friendship links between different generations and has had a profound impact on the lives of our older guests.
When 95-year-old Iris wrote to wish us a happy 50th birthday, she said: “I have enjoyed my Contact the Elderly tea parties for many years and it is something I look forward to each month. It cheers me up no end”.
The historical setting of St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of London is the perfect venue to celebrate our landmark anniversary alongside our fantastic volunteers, older guests and supporters. For full information about St Paul’s Cathedral and directions please visit the St Paul’s website. For information on accessibility to the Cathedral, please see our accessibility document here.
The event is suitable for all, and we welcome all ages, so please extend the invitation to your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.
Concert ticket prices start from £15 and can be purchased online here, or through the Barbican box office 020 7638 8891. All money raised will go directly towards the work of Contact the Elderly. Tickets for this exclusive event will sell out fast, so you are advised to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Thanks to a generous corporate supporter, we are now able to offer free tickets to anyone aged 16 or under, when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
This is an opportunity not to be missed, so feel free share this email with your contacts.

You can purchase adult tickets starting at £15 and book your free tickets for under 16s by calling the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891.
In addition, if you would like more information about the fundraising dinner and auction taking place in St Paul’s Crypt after the Golden Jubilee Concert, and how to book a table, please email Gemma MacNulty.

With special thanks to our Golden Jubilee partner Barnett Waddingham and our Gold Sponsor T. Rowe Price for their continued and generous support of Contact the Elderly.
You can download and print our event flyer here.

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