Interim CEO Voyajolu excited about Annual Concert’s return

Interim CEO Angela Voyajolu has described the return of The Amber Trust’s Annual Concert as a ‘wonderful’ chance to hear some ‘extraordinary musicians’ perform live once more. 

After close to 18 months without live music and events, The Wathen Hall at St Paul’s School in Barnes will once again hold an afternoon of music – hosted by Amber patron Derek Paravicini – on Sunday September 26 to showcase some of the Trust’s most talented, visually impaired beneficiaries.  

Last year’s 25th anniversary extravaganza was forced online due to the pandemic and for many of this year’s young stars it is the first time they will have performed live in close to two years. 

Voyajolu, herself an experienced musician, is overseeing the first annual concert since her appointment in July – having previously been the Trust’s Music Operations Manager – and is delighted to see everyone have the opportunity to perform in person again. 

“The annual concert is one of our most important events of the year and a time for our beneficiaries to share their talents and love of music with others,” said Voyajolu, of the Roehampton-based Trust.

“We are so much looking forward to having everyone together again after holding our concert online last year. 

“It’s a wonderful chance for others to see what Amber is about, to raise our profile and to hear live music performed by extraordinary musicians.” 

Highlights on the bill include performances from Hampton’s Eleanor Stollery, who twice starred as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic; Young Voice UK 2020 contestant Lydia Beech from Worcester; and, Somerset’s Rotary Young Citizen Award 2021 winning violinist Poppy McGhee, plus many more.  

Special ensemble arrangements – including a Queen medley – by Joanne Wicks and Abigail Dance through Amber’s partnership with the Global Leadership Programme, will unite the line-up at points throughout the two-hour performance.  

Tickets for the show, which starts at 3:30pm, cost £20 (concessions £10), with all proceeds going to the Trust to help continue its work in supporting visually impaired children and young adults – and those with additional disabilities – to reach their musical potential.  

You can book your tickets online.