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8th October 2011
High Sheriff of Somerset's Charity Concert - Autumn in the Abbey.
 

Ben & Jamie on stage Bath Abbey
Ben & Jamie on stage Bath Abbey - photo courtesy of Avalon Imaging

Jamie Cullum sang Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, the audience erupted with applause, for he was performing at the High Sheriff of Somerset’s Autumn in the Abbey Concert and the High Sheriff just happens to be his dad, John.

The concert was presented by the High Sheriff to raise money for Somerset Crimebeat, the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal and the Quartet Community Foundation. Jamie and his band of talented musicians were also joined on stage for one number by his brother Ben. And with mum, Yvonne, a member of the Silver Ring Choir of Bath who entertained the sold-out Bath Abbey before Jamie took to the stage; it really was a family affair.

Jamie at Bath Abbey
Jamie at Bath Abbey - photo courtesy of Avalon Imaging

Big screens ensured all could see the talented jazz artist perform with close ups showing his fingers dancing across the piano keys. But he didn’t jump on the piano – instead he took to the pews when he and his band performed in the middle of the nave and encouraged the audience to get to their feet and gather round. It created an intimate feel and delighted the audience who gave him a standing ovation at the end of the show.

The High Sheriff said at the end: “It has been a magical evening. I am so thrilled with the number of people who came and Jamie played to all of them. He somehow managed to build a relationship with everyone no matter where they were sat.”

Jennifer Bryan-Pearson with Jamie and guests at the JBP PR sponsors reception
Jennifer Bryant-Pearson, Jamie and guests at the JBP PR sponsors reception - photo courtesy of Celia Mannings Photography

Ali Vowles, of BBC Points West, led the evening as the concert compere with guests including civic dignitaries from across Somerset through to Dorset. Sponsors were treated to a VIP reception before the concert at the Guildhall courtesy of Bristol based JBP PR. Over 100 guests enjoyed delicious canapés and drinks and during the reception Jamie made a guest appearance to thank the sponsors for their support of his father’s fund-raising concert.

The concert is expected to raise several thousand pounds and the High Sheriff is extremely grateful to the following sponsors - Lead sponsor Crest Nicholson, which is behind the Western Riverside development, Bristol-based JBP PR, Specsavers Bath, The Old Mill Hotel, World Market Travel, AgustaWestland, Ralph Allen Press, The Fine Cleaning Company, Centaur Services Ltd, Rotork, Juice Recruitment and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy ‘Events and Promotions’.

More information on the sponsors can be found by clicking on the link attached to their names above.

Information on the receiving charities can be found by clicking on their names here,  Somerset Crimebeat, the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal and the Quartet Community Foundation/

Photos were taken by 2 official photographers: Celia Mannings Photography and Avalon Imaging.

 

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