A MUSICAL Christmas present for those who need food is being held in Bognor Regis.
Piano teacher Fiona Dedman is staging the concert of carols and classical music to benefit the town’s Foodbank.
She said: “The event is being called Christmas Present because that is what it is. This Christmas is unprecedented for the terror which is going on around the world. The average person on the street listening to the news is struggling to process all that is happening.
“I am Christian and I believe our relationship with God gives us strength in times of need. Christmas is the ideal time to show that.”
The concert is also a present because admission will be £2 on the door and the donation of some food to the Foodbank.
Tinned and dried goods with a long sell-by date are preferred to keep the charity going in 2016 when the demand for its services stays as high as it is in the weeks beforehand.
Fiona said she drew inspiration for the concert from the feeding of the 5,000 by Jesus.
“Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate Jesus and the two aspects go hand in hand,” she said.
The concert will take place at 7pm on December 18 in the Regis School of Music in Sudley Road thanks to its owners, Sasha and Nina Levtov.
“The school of music is a beautiful venue and Sasha and Nina are happy to help the community,” Fiona said.
A piano teacher for 40 years, she will play the piano in the concert. A former star pupil, Barnham resident Timothy Rumsey, will also perform. His younger brother, William Rumsey, is likely to play the guitar.
Fiona, a former Bognor resident now in Waterlooville, is also lining up a choir to entertain the audience. Most of the music will be Christmas carols and other seasonal music with a smattering of easy listening works from Bach and Mozart.
Foodbank joint co-ordinator Sandie Bolton said: “This is the first concert which has been held for us since we began three-and-a-half years ago. We’re very grateful to Fiona.”
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