Get Your Sparkle On For Charity At St George’s Hall

Asa Murphy Swing Band
WOMEN from the North West are inviting you to get your sparkle on and join them for a fantastic evening of entertainment which promises to lift your spirits and fill your soul with joy. Entrepreneurs and campaigners, led by Úna McBride, are staging a musical extravaganza on St George’s Day, Saturday, 23rd April at St George’s Hall in Liverpool as they present a St George’s Day Concert – a Celebration of Courage and Sparkle at the halls’ iconic Concert Room. The event will be a celebration of courage, honouring all those who have battled cancer whilst raising money for the organisations that support them, MacMillan and Queenscourt Hospice who do so much to support those Battling the Cancer Dragon. The event has been organised by strong and powerful women who have battled illness and loss but still have a desire to make a real difference. At the helm is Úna McBride who also has terminal cancer. She revealed: “I was told in August 2014 that I had terminal cancer and had four to six months to live. Since then, I have been fighting my corner as St George did, to slay the dragons in my head and I am still here fighting my corner,” says the brave Liverpudlian. “I want to do what I can while I can. I aim to create an uplifting, fabulous evening for those battling cancer, as well as those who work with and care for people with the disease, to give them an evening of sparkle whilst raising money for cancer charities. “It’s also about inspiring people do something positive in their community whilst thanking MacMillan and Queenscourt Hospice who have looked after me during my illness,” added Úna who is a founder member of the Pink Shoe Club, set up to encourage female enterprise and leadership. “Our fundraising Sparkle Concert is intended to create a welcoming, fun, uplifting evening for all taking part, as well as a spectacular concert! Yes, cancer is horrible and the journey is very tough but we can sparkle along the way too!”
Rachael Russell
Rachael Russell
The evening stars Rachael Russell – international soprano and Voice of Liverpool Year of Culture, whose soaring vocals have entertained British Royalty and launched ships! She will be joined by the King of Swing and Britain’s answer to Michael Buble, Asa Murphy, who’s had them swinging at Ronnie Scott’s in London and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Plus, there will be performances from the Danny Mannix 8 Piece Band, The Bernie Whelan MacMillan Wellbeing Chorus and Philippa Kitchen. The event will be compered by Roger Philips from BBC Radio Merseyside. Úna added: “This concert is to honour the women battling cancer and the organisations that support them. It will be a glittering event and we hope everyone encourages all their friends and family to come along on the night.” The evening will begin with a welcome reception at 6.30pm. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 each (plus admin fee). and can be booked via the website www.courageandsparkle.co.uk. VIP tickets are available at £65 per person (plus admin fee) which includes a private room reception, drinks, canapes and music from Pink Shoe Potential Alys Winstanley who will play the harp. Says Úna: “It will be a glittering event. We hope you can come and sparkle with us at the concert, but if you are unable attend, you can still help us in our goal to raise funds for Macmillan and Queenscourt Hospice by donating what you can through Just Giving.” Tickets are also available from TicketQuarter. Call 0844 8000 410 or book online: www.ticketquarter.co.uk Follow Courage and Sparkle on twitter: @courageNsparkle CONCERT DETAILS St George’s Day Concert – A Celebration of Courage and Sparkle Sat, 23rd April Welcome reception at 6.30pm. Concert is from 7.30pm – 10.15pm with a 30 min interval. Tickets: £25 standard, £65 VIP tickets Dress code: Sparkle! VENUE DETAILS The Concert Room, St George’s Hall, St George’s Place, Liverpool L1 1JJ