Concert to boost cancer treatment for East Devon women

PUBLISHED: 18:30 29 September 2017

The Classics Galore! concert series was founded by cancer patient Dick Passmore and his wife, Posy, in aid of FORCE, the cancer charity.

The Classics Galore! concert series was founded by cancer patient Dick Passmore and his wife, Posy, in aid of FORCE, the cancer charity.

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The sixth Classics Galore! concert, featuring Ottery St Mary Choral Society and the Lympstone-based SW Comms Band, is on course to be the most profitable yet.

Funding to enhance cancer treatment for women across East Devon is set for an £18,000 boost from one of the most popular events on the area’s musical calendar.

The sixth Classics Galore! concert, featuring Ottery St Mary Choral Society and the Lympstone-based SW Comms Band, is on course to be the most profitable yet.

Money raised from this year’s event at the University of Exeter Great Hall on Saturday, November 18, has been ring-fenced for a fund that has enabled FORCE Cancer Charity to spend £93,000 on a new surgical device for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The equipment, called Pinpoint, has been installed in one of the hospital’s operating theatres and is designed to help surgeons identify more accurately the extent of uterine or cervical cancer during keyhole operations.

It is designed to save lives, reduce unnecessary treatment and cut costs to the hospital.

“Whilst it is gratifying to know that monies raised by Classics Galore! help with day-to-day running costs at the FORCE Cancer Support Centre, it is more than satisfying to know that money is also put towards such important aspects of cancer treatment as Pinpoint,” said event founder Dick Passmore.

Since Mr Passmore and his wife Posy staged the first Classics Galore! in 2007, the event has raised nearly £70,000 for FORCE.

The programme for the concert will again feature a wide selection of popular classical tunes for orchestra, choir and brass band under musical director Malcolm Matthews from Tipton St John.

Two hundred musicians and singers will perform extracts from, among others, Les Miserables, the Hallelujah Chorus, and The Dambusters.

The evening is rounded off with a rousing Last Night of the Proms-style finale with full audience participation and flag-waving encouraged.

The Terrace Bar at the Great Hall will again be open from 5.15pm for meals before the concert and an enhanced shuttle bus service to and from the main car parks will be provided for patrons between 5 and 11pm.

Tickets for Classics Galore! are on sale at the Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets (EVIT) in Dix’s Field (email evit@exeter.gov.uk or phone 01392 665885) and available online at www.classicsgalore.co.uk

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