Folly Farm’s Managing Director, Chris Ebsworth met with HOPE Centre Chairman Ken Brombley and Secretary Margaret Brace with Event Organiser Phil Thompson ahead of the charity concert at Folly Farm; the amazing one Mann variety show on Saturday 15th September where all proceeds go to the local HOPE Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis.
This will be an exceptional Wurlitzer concert, as from the moment John Mann steps on to the stage, music of every kind fills the air and you are swept along to some of the world’s most melodious tunes. With a huge repertoire from the old music hall variety show, through the 50s and 60s and then on to the more recent songs from the shows, John Mann makes beautiful music. He plays both the Wurlitzer organ and then glides swiftly over to the grand piano, sometimes in duet with the Wurlitzer ghost performing the programmed tunes creating a delightful musical mix of tones.
All of this superb music is pleasantly interwoven with John’s friendly banter as he displays his comic gifts. With several different characters up his sleeve, his variety act includes Carmen Miranda in full regalia and also a turn from a tuneful Fagin singing the show stopper musical numbers we all love.
John Mann is a regular contributor to the BBC Organist Entertains programme and Folly Farm is delighted to welcome him back for what will be a fabulous and fun evening on Saturday 15th September. This special concert will also be raising much needed funds for the HOPE Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the charity organisation.
The HOPE centre is totally dependent on funding from donations, grants and sponsorships from businesses and the public at large. The HOPE team commented: “We really appreciate all the support we receive in raising funds to keep this valuable charity going and this concert is no exception especially as it also raises awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and the support opportunities available at our centre”
Tickets are £8 and can be booked by contacting the Folly Farm Box Office on 01834 812731. Doors open at 6pm and basket meals will be available. The performance starts at 7pm.
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Photo taken at the Wurlitzer Organ at Folly Farm with Phil Thompson far left, Chris Ebsworth centre and Ken Brombley right and Margaret Brace centre front.
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