Grey skies and drizzle couldn’t curb the enthusiasm of the Return of 100 Saxophones on 31st May.
We all fitted (just) into the very welcoming Unitarian Church in Brighton with our lovely audience ~ some spilling out into the Portico. Many thanks to the collectors rattling their buckets to raise over £720 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Thank you to a fab rhythm section ~ Annie Lightly, Phillip Naylor, Terry Pack and Luke Rattenbury, great sound from Jim Cheek and Paul Nieman ~ thank you Mark Seacombe for lending your PA. To Phil Straker of Sax and Co. many thanks for your support.
The bright and lovely bunting was created by Susan D’souza.
A lovely day and we think one that would have made Simon proud.
In aid of The Brain Tumour Charity
“100 Saxophones” was created by Simon D’souza as an exciting part of the Carnival Encounter weekend in May 2004. Last year in May 2014, we marked the 10th anniversary of this event with “100 Saxophones Rides Again”, playing a variety of pop, ska and jazz tunes arranged by Simon, Beccy Rork and Mark Bassey, who collectively run the community saxophone workshop “Saxshop”.
Sadly, Simon passed away days before the event after a long and brave journey through his illness.
The event raised over £3250 for the Brain Tumour Charity who are currently funding pioneering research and clinical trials. In memory of Simon and to raise more money for this charity ~ 100 Saxophones Returns.
Simon died on 19th May so the performances became a tribute to a very remarkable man. The sun shone on a large audience gathered in front of the steps of the Unitarian Church in Brighton and was judged a great success.
There is a wonderful portfolio of photographs taken by professional photographer Andy Sturt that can be viewed here http://andysturt.com/100-saxophones/