Golden Jubilee Concert at St Pauls
Last night, Contact the Elderly’s Golden Jubilee concert lifted the roof of St Paul’s Cathedral in London as volunteers, older guests, friends and supporters celebrated 50 years of the charity's vital work alleviating loneliness amongst isolated older people.
As the famous doors of the Cathedral opened, attendees had time to take in the spectacular surroundings of the space. Award winning photographer Michael Whelan exhibited some of his portraits of Contact the Elderly guests, as part of his successful exhibition 'If Not Now' which has been travelling around the UK throughout our Golden Jubilee year.
At 7pm a hush descended on the audience as they were warmly welcomed by Canon Philippa Boardman of the Cathedral with a message which touched upon Contact the Elderly’s key mission of bringing friendship and companionship into the lives of those who are cut off from society.
After a beautiful rendition of the Sound of Music by organist Jeremy Cole, Contact the Elderly President Lady Jasmine and Chair Christian Grobel reflected on how much the charity has achieved since its inception in 1965. Conductor Michael Waldron then lead the choir and the orchestra of The London Choral Sinfonia into stirring renditions of classical pieces.
Special guests on the night included Maureen Lipman who performed a monologue during the evening, and Rachel Riley who has been supporting the charity’s Spare Chair Sunday campaign.
One of Contact the Elderly's older guests Leon, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, came along to the concert with volunteers from his group in North London. As he worked as a professional violinist for the Royal Ballet for many years, he was thrilled to listen to be able to listen to the beautiful music along with the friends he made through Contact the Elderly tea parties.
The London Choral Sinfonia was joined by singers from Music in Offices to complete the evening. Dinner guests then went down into the Crypt for a drinks reception and Gala dinner which preceded a thrilling auction overseen by George Bailey.
Contact the Elderly’s mission established 50 years ago by Founder, Trevor Lyttelton, was the golden thread which brought so many people together for a truly special cause.
Contact the Elderly would like to thank all of those who attended the concert, donated and sent their wishes for the evening. The musicians who perfectly encapsulated the warm, uplifting atmosphere of Contact the Elderly tea parties. Our supporters and volunteers who helped make the evening run so special and of course the wonderful St Paul’s Cathedral which was the perfect venue for the Golden Jubilee celebration.