Spectacular charity Harvest Festival Concert to take place in Beverley Minster

Published: 28/08/2013

Drewton's Farm Shop is staging a spectacular celebration of Yorkshire's fabulous food and drink in the magnificent surroundings of Beverley Minster to raise funds for five local charities.

The Harvest Festival Concert, which will take place on the evening of Friday 4 October, will coincide with the popular farm shop's third Birthday and is its own unique take on the idea of giving thanks for the harvest. Performers will include the highly renowned Howden-based tenor Steven Goulden and his accompanist Peter Sproston; local soprano Lucy Bates; the Lyndhurst School Choir and musicians; Pocklington School Music Theatre Society; 16-year old Bethany Gilbert, who is flying in from Ireland to take part in the event and recently won the title 'most promising pianist' at a major annual music festival; the Salvation Army, and a local gospel choir.

Drewton's proprietor Katie Taylor, who is well known for her charity fundraising activities, was keen to organise a large-scale event that would acknowledge the wealth of wonderful food and drink produced here in Yorkshire and, at the same time, benefit a number of good causes that are close to her heart.

She said: "The harvest was traditionally celebrated by eating, merriment and giving food donations to those less fortunate in our communities, so this concert is our own unique take on that idea.

"Beverley Minster is an amazing setting for our event and we've lined up an exciting programme of musical entertainment for the evening, with performances by local choirs, solo artists, musicians and actors."

The concert will be followed by an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and tasty Yorkshire cheeses, and meet a variety of local food producers, who have kindly agreed to support the event.

There will also be a 'tree of life' raffle and an opportunity to speak with representatives of the charities that Drewton's Farm Shop is supporting, which include The Leeds Teaching Hospital's Lymphoedema Service, GoKidsGo!, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Alzheimer's Society and Dove House Hospice. The proceeds from the event will be shared between these organisations.

Tickets, priced at £15 for adults and £10 for ten to 16 year olds, are on sale now from Drewton's Farm Shop, or can be booked and paid for over the phone by calling 01430 425079. Only a limited number of tickets are available, so they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you'd like to donate gifts of food (with a longer shelf life only) on the evening, they will be distributed locally by the Salvation Army, in partnership with Churches Together and the Holderness and Wold Food Bank of Driffield.

Katie added: "Please come along for a fantastic evening of entertainment, food and wine to help us support some really worthwhile causes."

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