Concert raises money for flooded Exton hall

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 10 June 2010

THREE generations of a musical family performed at a concert fundraising to help with the cost of repairs to the Exton village hall due to the recent flooding.

THREE generations of a musical family performed at a concert fundraising to help with the cost of repairs to the Exton village hall due to the recent flooding.

The Gittings family, grandparents Robert and Mary, who live in Exton, father Philip and mother Natalia and 13-year-old Oliver with brother Bobby, 11, performed to over 80 people at the musical evening.

The eight-piece band displayed their talent with performances ranging from Bach to the blues of Paul Harvey.

The concert, held at Woodbury village hall, was the brainchild of David Edwards, secretary of St Andrew's Hall, in an effort to raise money to repair the flooded hall.

The hall was flooded twice earlier this year - the committee is still waiting for the floors to dry before an evaluation is made on of how much the repairs will cost.

Mr Edwards moulded the concert around the family because of their commitment to the community.

Robert and Mary Gittings are fully involved in the local music scene, with Mary teaching piano privately and at Topsham School and Robert working as a pianist for the Exeter Philharmonic Choir.

Philip Gittings also teaches the piano and oboe at Clifton College and Natalia teaches violin and piano in schools in Bristol.

It is Oliver and Bobby though who got the most praise on the night for their talent and knowledge of so many instruments, ranging from the violin to the piano.

Mr Edwards said he was hoping to continue to hold fundraising events this year to cover the costs of the thousands of pounds the renovation is expected to cost.

Part of the funds from the night will also go to the local cancer charity FORCE.

If you would like to make a donation send it to Mr David Edwards, honourary secretary, St Andrew's Hall, c/o the Cottage, Barton Close, Exton, Exeter, EX3 0PE.

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