October 17, 2013
In June, The Helen Foundation supported a major performance of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in St Peter’s Church, Shaldon as part of the Shaldon Festival. With over 100 performers from six local schools and Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, professional singers and a professional production team, the performance was a revelation. Following the event, the Shaldon Festival Trustees, Ann Pardoe, wrote to the Foundation:
“On behalf of the Shaldon Festival committee, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Trustees of The Helen Foundation for the generous part played in the recent production of Noye’s Fludde. Knowing that we had the support of the Foundation was vital to us. Such an ambitious project was bound to be costly, especially as we all wanted to engage professionals who would be able to manage its complexity, while also having the creativity to make it a production we would all be proud of. We were able to engage excellent people, with confidence, because of the THF funding. In the end, the performances were all that we could have hoped for and more. The sight of all those children taking part as singers or in the orchestra pulled at our heartstrings. We have had messages of thanks from: schools, parents, members of the audience and not least from members of the production team. All of us who were associated with it were delighted to have been part of such a successful enterprise, and we know that the children involved have had a marvelous experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
We are extremely lucky to have such a vibrant charity as The Helen Foundation in the village. Working in association with the charity enables us to reach out to so many youngsters. We are truly grateful. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all your support.”
We shall continue to work with the Shaldon Festival in the future as the two charities fulfil their similar missions of inspiring young people in the local area through the Arts.