Concert for hospice is a resounding success

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The hallowed portals of St Thomas’s Church, Westfield Street, reverberated to the sound of music on Friday night in aid of caring Willowbrook Hospice, (writes Denis Whittle).

A spell-bound ‘congregation’ of 150 were treated to a three-hour varied programme led by dulcet diva soprano Lynn Jones and rising teenage tenor Tom Loughlin.

Aughton Male Voice Choir lent tuneful support to what proved to be some enchanted evening, the fifth organised by grateful cancer survivor Mrs Jones.

Garswood-based Tom, a pupil at the renowned Chetham’s School, Manchester, was bestowed yet another accolade in being named Young Musician of the Year in Wigan.

As for the 20-plus highly harmonious scores, these included selections from ‘Le Miserable,’ Italian arias, ‘I am Coming Home,’ Hebrew Classics, along with light-hearted renderings of ‘96 Trombones,’ and ‘When the Saints Come Marching In.’

However, despite the earlier delights, the highlight of an unforgettable soiree was a somewhat emotive duet featuring prima donna Lynn and the youthful Tom, who is surely destined for further plaudits in the world of entertainment.

The final curtain fell involving the Jones-Loughlin duo tripping the light-fantastic to the haunting strains of Franz Lehar’s ‘Merry Widow Waltz’.

The duo were accorded a much-deserved standing ovation from enraptured gathering, bouyed even more by the kudos of taking of £1,400, and still counting!