Sheffield’s Women Of Steel were in harmony with Ensemble360 at a clasasical concert which raised more than £2,000 to boost a statue appeal to honour them.
With the ladies in the audience, the internationally renowned classical ensemble performed romantic music from Shumann and Schubert, to launch the new Music In The Round season.
Almost 350 people packed the Sheffield Crucible Studio and with donations from sponsors Billington Structures and Impellam, plus proceeds from the concert a total of £1,500 was raised on the night.
But the spirit of the evening was picked up by the audience who have continued donating on the appeal’s Just Giving site since, adding another £500.
The statue appeal is now rapidly closing in on its £150,000 target.
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“The amount raised from the concert exceeded our expectations and the unexpected windfall from the audience was stunning,” said John Palmer, who is helping to drive the appeal.
“We are so grateful to everyone at Music in the Round and Ensemble 360 for getting behind us so enthusiastically and bringing that £150,000 target even closer.
“Now, if we sell all the tickets for the Folk Concert in Sheffield Cathedral on November 26, we will reach that magical figure!”
Deborah Chadbourn, executive director of Music In The Round, said: “It was a really lovely evening. Music In The Round and Sheffield Theatres’ staff commented on feeling a great vibe and energy, and that this was down to being part of the campaign.”
Tickets for the Women Of Steel Folk Show are £18 from the Cathedral Shop or at Sheffield Cathedral