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Our fabulous choir raised almost £2,000 when it hosted a sensational afternoon of music at its Autumn Voices concert.  

The choir entertained the audience at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue on Sunday, November 4, with a variety of uplifting songs.     

And it was joined by a variety of talented performers - including 14-year-old violinist Rejus Jakas, Mezzrano Opera Duo Emily Onsloe and Jennifer Mugleston who sang a number of classical opera duets and Royal Academy of Music student Antoine Pichon on piano.     

Hospice volunteer Keith Atkins played an emotional tribute to his late wife Jan, who was cared for on the inpatient unit before she died, by singing the Yazoo hit Only You.      

“It was a superb afternoon with a lovely atmosphere and great performances from the artistes who were invited to take part as well as the hospice choir,” said said Rita Gersh, who founded the choir and co-ordinated Autumn Voices.  

“Thank you to everyone who took part as well as our lovely audience and all those that made donations including raffle prizes.“     

The choir, which is made up of hospice volunteers, staff and families who have a connection with the charity, was formed in 2012.     

Earlier this year, the £20,000 it raised over the years funded a new specialist bed for our inpatient unit.      

It regularly performs at the Hospice’s annual Birthday Service which is held in July as well as its Light up a Life services in December.      

And next month it will be performing at the Christmas Market, which will be held at the Hospice’s education centre on Saturday, 1st December as well as taking part in a Christmas Voices concert at St Andrew’s Church in Hornchurch on Saturday, December 15.