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Ukraine appeal’s weekend of music raises £5,000

LOCAL choirs and artists who came together for a special ‘Big Sing Ukraine Fundraiser’ at Frome’s Cheese & Grain last month have raised £5,000 thanks to generous donations from local people. 

Frome-based choir, Jackdaws Songbirds, alongside Sounding it Out from Trowbridge and Shreen Harmony from Mere united for an evening of acapella singing, with over 100 singers coming together in solidarity for the Ukrainian refugees.  

The Cheese and Grain’s ‘Big Sing’ was led by local choir leader, Caroline Radcliffe, and the event included songs from around the world, and through the ages – as well as a special Ukrainian song, Hei! 

On the following evening, six artists – The Back Wood Redeemers, Mighty One, Back of the Bus, The Raggedy Men, Henry Wacey and DJ Patmandu all gave up their time and talents for free to perform at the charity event. 

Comments from the audience included, “It was a wonderful counterbalance to what is happening in Ukraine”, and “What a spectacularly successful and enjoyable evening – it was so much fun!” 

Cheese and Grain director, Steve Macarthur says, “I warmly thank all the singers and artists that performed over both events and I offer a special thanks to the staff at the local audio company Sound2Sound, that provided the technical team for free.”  

Steve told the Frome Times that he also wanted to thank his colleagues at the Cheese and Grain for “their hard work to ensure that these magnificent events could happen, and a big thank you to all members of the public who supported the events by attending the shows.” 

Steve says the Cheese and Grain is fully committed to doing all it can do help refugees sheltering in Frome from wars abroad.  

To find out more about Cheese and Grain events and performances see www.cheeseandgrain.com

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