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Whitchurch

Concert for Refugee Aid

An impressive line-up has been put together for this year’s Concert for Refugee Aid in Whitchurch, Hampshire on Saturday 8 July. This follow’s last year’s inaugural concert, organised by the late Paul Sartin for the Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG)

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Concert for Refugee Aid
Concert for Refugee Aid

Time & Location

08 Jul 2023, 19:00 – 23:00

Whitchurch, Church St, Whitchurch RG28 7AS, UK

About the event

Joe Sartin, an emerging talent on the folk scene who continues and develops his family tradition while bringing a unique and youthful style to his music. Joe is one half of Patakas, a new duo bursting onto the English folk scene. (His brother Will is the other member)

Vincent Lindsey-Clark, Whitchurch resident, composer and classical guitarist, highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally. Vincent composed Fiesta Americana for Berta Rojas, who’s recording of the work was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy Award

Quimantu, the Anglo-Chilean band of exceptional performers who fuse influences from music around the globe, offering a truly international perspective and sharing a vision of respect for freedom, justice, culture and education

Jon Wilks, another Whitchurch resident, the well-known finger-picking guitarist, songwriter and singer of traditional folk songs, fresh from his recent tour and whose new album was The Guardian Folk Album of the Month. Jon will be joined on stage by:

Jackie Oates, one of the country’s best loved folk performers, described by The Independent on Sunday as “sweetest voice of her generation of English folkies”

Tickets are available online – go to billetto.co.uk and search for Concert for Refugee Aid - or email juliet.offner@swvg-refugees.org.uk

Last year's concert raised more than £2,000 SWVG. Run by volunteers, the (SWVG) supports refugees and people seeking asylum in the local area. It aims to respond to the needs of each person, offering one-to-one befriending, individual English teaching as well as small classes, some financial support, social and sporting activities, and a weekly drop-in centre where the group welcomes all comers, distribute food and run a much-needed helpdesk.

SWVG is able to react quickly to changing circumstances. For example, when 50 men were recently housed at a service station outside Winchester, SWVG members swiftly came together to help: running advice desks, filling forms, liaising with solicitors and the health service, teaching English, organising football, sourcing clothes, football boots, toiletries, phones, SIM cards and suitcases.

Donations to the Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group will allow it to continue this vital work.

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