Latest Nineteenth Enchanted Evening

This year, for what is almost unbelievably the nineteenth annual concert, members of local amateur operatic societies are coming together to raise funds for Willow Wood Hospice.

The 19th Enchanted Evening, which this year will be held at Dukinfield Methodist Church on Friday 30 September, was the brainchild of volunteer Mike Styan. A committed supporter of the Hospice, Mike has volunteered in a number of different roles including Inpatient Ward Assistant, collecting and replacing charity cans from local businesses, selling raffle tickets and he is now a very valued Ambassador, representing Willow Wood at various events within the community.

“When I organised the very first Enchanted Evening, I never thought we’d still be singing nineteen years on, but it is a joy to be able to continue to support the Hospice in this way. The shows have raised over £19,000 to date and we’re hoping for a full house this year – it would be wonderful to reach £20,000.

“Of course, I’m only one member of the team and couldn’t do it without my co-producer, Phil Steels. As always, we have some top class soloists performing and we feel very lucky to have them on board.

“Sarah Thewlis, Amy Mason, Ben Mackenzie, David Noble and Kelly Harrington are all very well known in local AODS circles and they, plus myself, will be singing a selection of the best loved tunes from musical theatre. It’s a varied programme and we can guarantee you’ll be going home whistling, humming or singing your favourite song!

“Steve Pearson Car Sales have once more sponsored the Enchanted Evening and I must thank Steve for his generosity, we really are very grateful.”

Tickets are just £8 for a wonderful evening of entertainment, and can be obtained by ringing Mike on 07751 272763. “During the pandemic, we live streamed the show and are continuing to do so for those unable to attend. It worked really well, and you can find out more by going to www.19enchanted.live. I do hope you can join us, it will be a fabulous evening and will help Willow Wood continue to care for our community.”

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