Celebrate music of stage and screen

8th January 2016

Local residents can toe tap and dance the night away with a fabulous jazz orchestra playing music from stage and screen. Music lovers are invited to join St Richard’s Hospice at a special charity evening to enjoy the unique sound of The West Midland Light Orchestra.

The event will be held on Saturday 6th February at the newly refurbished Mercure Kidderminster Hotel in Bewdley, and will see The West Midland Light Orchestra entertain the audience with music and song from the films and stage shows of the 1930s to 1970s.

The orchestra brings a unique sound, comprising a big band as well as a 20 piece string, reed and horn section, which together bring a rich range of textures to its musical arrangements. The orchestra will be joined by singers Becky Grace, Kirsten Lloyd-Leach and Garry Holloway to perform music by the likes of Rogers and Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, and Harold Arlen.

The orchestra’s Musical Director, David Etheridge, who has worked with the likes of Nigel Kennedy, Frank Carson and Bob Monkhouse, will lead the group to bring the audience music from golden era of stage and screen. David currently teaches in Hereford and Malvern, leads the bass section of Malvern’s Chandos Symphony Orchestra and plays in the Malvern Big Band. He has previously been Musical Director for Hereford Sixth Form College Big Band and Hereford Big Band.

The concert will be compered by Master of Ceremonies, Peter Tomlinson, who will share background and insight into the music in his informative, entertaining and individual way and will be encouraging guests to get up and dance!

The event is being kindly sponsored by Greener Options.

Tickets are £10 each, and guests can take advantage of special discounted rates on overnight accommodation and breakfast; £80 double or £75 single. For more information or to book your tickets, please call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963 or visit the Big Band event page.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.