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If you weren’t in Orford Church on Saturday April 6th you missed an incredible evening of great music.
The Thomas Marshall Education Fund originally organised the concert to raise funds for its ongoing support of education in Mozambique. However, shortly before the concert a devastating cyclone hit Mozambique and neighbouring countries and destroyed the accommodation and possessions of the students that we support. As a result, it was decided to donate all the proceeds from the evening to help rebuild the lives of our students. With generous sponsorship from Jacki and Nigel Maslin and The Brian Mitchell Charitable Settlement we were able to cover all our costs so that we raised around £1,850.
The evening started with Ben Scarce a local musician who performed for many years at Picnic Jazz at The Pavilion in Orford. Ben was coming off the back of a long hiatus from song writing which has involved him becoming an adult and acquiring a mortgage; a career and a family. As he says, “All very mundane unless you're me and living it. I'm now at a stage where I've found something to write songs about again and will be setting foot into a recording studio soon to get a new record underway. Playing live is a rare treat whilst trying to balance everyday life but I'm trying to get better at it. I'm really excited and happy to be contributing to the aims of the Thomas Marshall Education Fund; something that I've wanted to do for a long time”.
Accompanying himself on guitar and singing with confidence, he came close to stealing the evening with a mix of covers and self-penned tunes but then Joanna Eden joined Ben on stage to sing a brilliant duet of the James Taylor song “Carolina in my mind”. Joanna happy to act as the backing for Ben with some beautiful harmonies.
Joanna was one of the most popular performers to appear at Jazz at The Pavilion, and her performance in Orford Church demonstrated why. With a programme of Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald songs plus tracks from her latest album Truth Tree she held the audience in the palm of her hand with 130 people in Orford Church singing along with their old favourites. If you missed out on this event, it is well worth looking out for the album and also for her live appearances around East Anglia. The evening finished with Joanna singing in Portuguese, coincidentally the language of Mozambique. Details of Joanna’s shows and music can be found at www.joannaeden.net
Thank you to everyone who came to the concert or who has donated to the TMEF Cyclone Relief Fund directly.
10 years old and still going strong, Chantry Cottage was the host once again for T4Thomas, raising funds for The Thomas Marshall Education Fund which supports education in rural Mozambique.
The day came with a welcome break in the cloudy and damp weather and the sun shone on a crowd of happy people from 10am until around 4.30pm when the exhausted volunteers elected to close a little early before the weather closed in again.
There was, of course, the usual selection of breakfast, lunches and teas and there were also plants and homemade jams for sale and a licensed bar for those wanting more than tea or coffee with their lunch!
The latest news from Mozambique and the work being done there through TMEF, especially in the wake of Cyclone Idai, was available in the annual newsletter which was based on the report recieved from Mozambique and which can be found on the news page of this TMEF website.
The initial count of monies raised suggests that we may have exceeded last year's total of £2,300.