It’s admirable to raise thousands of pounds for a charity but what Sue and David Formosa undertake for Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) is on a different level. So dedicated are the Formosas in doing their bit in helping fund TCT units in UK hospitals that they allow their immaculate Heronsgate garden to be taken over on an annual basis. The transformation into a lakeside venue of Hyde Park standard with a top notch concert, involves the inspiration, enthusiasm and persistence of organiser Mick Flinn, a committed production/backstage team of ten, technical crew of fifteen and this year a line up of twenty six musicians from fresh unsigned bands to long established acts and top recording artists.
But to the Formosas it’s all well worth the upheaval and effort, and, by the reaction of the audience of 600 +, many of whom are regulars, they definitely agree.
This latest event, the fifteenth, totalled £20,000, making a grand sum of £330,000 for TCT to date.
Headliners were The Staxs Band, a 14 piece soul power house with special guest the amazing Imelda May who saved the day when Mica Paris was unable to perform.
Support was by lively St Albans based covers band The Slaves featuring Chorleywood based singer/songwriter Craig Joiner on lead guitar and young acoustic trio The Sun Kings who ‘did the Beatles’ just beautifully.
The line-up of local artists who kicked off the night on the satellite stage while the audience enjoyed prosecco-fuelled picnics were the brilliant Hope, mellow Jon Glew and cracking country rockers The Caution Horses.
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Click on 2017 TCT Charity Concert album
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