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Charity concert will wow the crowds

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: June 10, 2013

  • From left Colin Pitman , Ian Drury and Harry Cash

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MUSICAL notes will fill the air in the stunning grounds of Ingatestone Hall when some top acts perform a one-off charity concert.

On August 25 from 5-10pm the grounds of the Tudor stately home, the ancestral home of the Petre family, will be transformed into an outdoor musical theatre.

The event will raise money for the Scleroderma Society, a charity which supports people who suffer with scleroderma, an uncommon and incurable autoimmune condition.

Among those performing will be Stock soprano Jackie Pittman, soul singer Irie J, West End star Phil Cavill and pint-sized singer Harry Cash, from Billericay.

Ice cream entrepreneur Ian Drury, of Beggar Hill, Fryerning, is one of the organisers of the event.

He said: "I lost my best friend Brian Norris to scleroderma and I am organising this event in memory of him.

"His death was very sad to see.

"He died at Christmas last year and I thought let's organise some fund raisers in his memory."

Fellow organiser Colin Pittman, the husband of Jackie, said: "It will be a fantastic family event with a real mix of music.

"I will present the acts alongside Basil Fawlty tribute Jim Farmer who will be bringing humour to the event."

Mr Pittman continued: "It's a top lineup - there won't be many concerts like this.

"The stage will be 30ft long, 20ft deep and 20ft high with one of the best speaker systems around the stage and at the sides as well as in elevated positions.

"We will also be filming the concert, so people can stream it around the world."

Mr Pittman said the event has a capacity of 1,000 people and added that it would feature full catering with a beer tent serving top quality wines, larger and real ale.

There will also be a barbecue, plus fresh pancakes and ice cream on sale.

"People are more than welcome to bring their own picnics, tables and chairs," Mr Pittman added.

"We want people to feel comfortable and there will be luxury toilets on site.

"From the moment you arrive you will be pampered."

Tickets cost £25 for adults and £20 for concessions.

£5 from the price of each ticket will go to the Scleroderma Society.

The doors open at 4.25pm and parking is free.

For tickets, call 01277 355 500.

Alternatively, email mail@iandrury.com

For more information, www.jackiepittmansings.co.uk

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