Video: School choir launches fundraiser for tour

A SCHOOL choir from Bury St Edmunds is working hard to raise extra money to pay for a Spanish tour - after the credit crunch blew a �2,000 hole in its budget.

By Mark Crossley

A SCHOOL choir from Bury St Edmunds is working hard to raise extra money to pay for a Spanish tour - after the credit crunch blew a �2,000 hole in its budget.

Fifty-strong Ex Silentio, from King Edward VI Upper School, plan to travel to Alicante next month.

Deputy headteacher Wynn Rees said: “This will be an exciting opportunity for the choir to spend a week immersed in a different culture and giving concerts in a number of venues in and around Alicante.


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“The tour has been planned for a long time but we have fallen foul of the unfavourable pound/euro exchange rate and find ourselves struggling to fund the trip.

“We need to make a couple of thousand pounds to compensate for the shortfall caused by the currency rates.”

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Members of the choir, who have busked in Cambridge and washed cars, now plan their biggest fund-raiser, an auction of promises.

Goods and services donated by choir members, their parents, school staff and others are on offer:-

- Two concert tickets to see Mercury Music Prize-nominated Laura Marling at the Royal Festival Hall onAugust 11

- A picnic excursion in a vintage car

- Two wine-tasting events for up to 20 people

- Cricket coaching with qualified and experienced coaches

- A celebration cake specially made for the highest bidder

- Treatment for a phobia or anxiety, including fear of spiders or mice, fear of public speaking, fear of flying, food addiction or problems with smoking and alcohol

- A vocal quartet to entertain at an event

- Services of a chef for a day to prepare and serve an authentic Spanish meal.

- A series of three piano lessons for a beginner or more experienced player

- Two tickets for the Fat Cat Comedy Club

- A meal for two at The Grid restaurant, Abbeygate Street

- Drum tuition with the percussion star of the school's staff band

- Two hours of gardening

- Four adult vouchers for Cineworld

- Ex Silentio to perform at an event

- French. German, Russian or Spanish language classes

- Physiotherapy consultations

- Guitar tuition for beginners

- A Hand-knitted hat

- An original song written and recorded for the winner.

For more details of the lots and how to bid, email Mr Rees via rs@king-ed.suffolk.sch.uk or visit www.king-ed.suffolk.sch.uk. The deadline for bids is 9am on Wednesday, May 20.

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