Concert tribute to Gloria Minghella

By Jon Moreno

Saturday, August 9, 2014

 

Concert tribute to Gloria Minghella

The Medina Community Choir with Jesse Rann. Picture by Peter Boam.

THE pivotal role played by Gloria Minghella as a fundraiser and supporter of the arts has been honoured at a special concert by many of the Isle of Wight's vocal talent she had enjoyed watching.

The All Wight Music Extravaganza — an event packed with songs from many hit shows — thrilled the packed audience at Newport’s Medina Theatre.

There was not a dry eye in the theatre as Gloria’s husband, Eddie, gave his own poignant tribute to his wife, who died earlier this year.

Gloria was president of the Ryde Carnival Committee and the re-branded former Isle of Wight Musical Competition Festival and spearheaded fundraisers, especially for the IW branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association as its president.

The programme, which featured the cream of the Island’s vocal talent, included BBC Glee Club-winning ensemble Resonate, the popular Medina Community Choir and the newly formed NHS Nightingales, a singing group inspired by hit TV show, Sing While You Work.

Talented Jack Roberts and Callum Joshua, who starred in recent Island productions of Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar, shone again with their vocals.

Jack’s rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables earned him an extended standing ovation.

Despite a technical glitch with the CD backing track, Harriet Back, 15, did not let it affect her performance of I’m Not That Girl, from the musical, Wicked, by finishing it acappella.

The show, organised by singer and musical director Hannah Brear, also featured classic jazz standards, opera and operetta.

An encore that featured more than 100 performers, who sang One Day More from Les Miserables, received the show’s second standing ovation.

Proceeds from the show and a raffle were donated to charities founded by Island doctors — the Juba Link with St Mary’s Hospital Appeal and Care for Destitute Children in India.

Eddie Minghella with daughters Edana, left, and Gioia at the All Wight Music Extravaganza. Picture by Peter Boam.

Hannah Brear and Jack Roberts

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