Royal Surrey Choir_2Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Choir shared the stage with some of the biggest names in musical theatre for their first gala concert.

Stars of West End shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Show Boat, Book of Mormon and Wicked joined the 25 member singing troop for a one night show at Guildford’s Electric Theatre.

Promising up-and-coming stars of musical theatre from the Guildford School of Acting also took part in the sellout show on Sunday, July 31.

The Musical Gala was in aid of the Fountain Centre, an independent charity within St Luke’s Cancer Centre that offers information and support to cancer patients, their relatives and carers.

It is hoped that the event will have raised more than £3,000 for the charity, which aims to help those touched by cancer, to regain control over the lives.Royal Surrey Choir_3

Royal Surrey’s choir formed in October 2015 and is made up of staff, volunteers and friends of the hospital.

The choir’s director, Jake Hellier, who is also the hospital’s Clinical Site Manager, organised the show with the assistance of Steven Luke Walker, who provided the musical arrangements for the evening.

West End stars including Jordan Lee Davies, Emmanuel Kojo, Elissa Clare Morgan, Ashley Stillburn, Jessamy Stoddart, and T’shan Williams generously donated their time to perform.

Jake said: “The idea of the Gala was born to showcase the hard work and dedication of the choir, but also to do some good for a very deserving cause based in the hospital.

“I was incredibly proud to lead the choir and we were honoured to be supported by the West End stars and the Guildford School of Acting, who donated their aspiring talent for the evening.

Royal Surrey Choir_1“The event was a sellout and proved to be a night to remember for both performers and the audience.”

Charlotte McDowell, a Co-ordinator at the Fountain Centre, said: “The centre operates as an independent charity within the hospital and is entirely supported by charitable donations.

“It costs approximately £270,000 a year to offer a patient led-service to support cancer patients, their relatives and carers.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Surrey Choir for hosting this event for the centre, as we would not exist without the generosity of individuals, local companies and other organisations within the community.”

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