Musical soiree to raise funds for Pakefield-based Topcats charity

The Coconut Loft in Lowestoft.

The Coconut Loft in Lowestoft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A musical soiree is being held in Lowestoft on March 11 to raise funds for the Topcats charity.

The Pimms and Piano evening will be held at The Coconut Loft in Waterloo Road, where there will be performers in piano, soprano and bassoon.

Soprano will be Lucy Randle, a former student at Bungay High School and the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, who went on to obtain an honours degree in voice performance at Birmingham Conservatoire.

She has been a soloist for Bungay Choral Society, and was also a member of the noted Suffolk choir, The Harmony Girls Choir, as well as a member of Barsham Church choir. In Birmingham she sings with the St Chadd's Cathedral choir, and is head of music at a Birmingham high school for girls, though she is currently on maternity leave.

Michael Kent is an accomplished pianist who has taught music at Gresham's School in Holt, has played with the Mozart Orchestra, and has also been rehearsal accompanist fore Bungay Choral Society. He also plays for the Academy of St Thomas.


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Bassoonist Francesca Warren is also a well-known local musician who has played in a number of orchestras, and as a soloist. She is currently in the first year of her studies at the Royal College of Music.

Grace Harvey-Kent, operations service manager at Topcats, based in Morton Road, Pakefield, said she was organising the soiree to raise funds to help provide a new floor for the skill zone, set up an afternoon club, and make improvements to the sensory room. She said she was grateful to the performers for giving their time to help Topcats, which provides opportunities and activities for those with additional needs in the Suffolk area.

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Tickets for the evening, which starts at 7.30pm, are £15, and will include Pimms and canapes. They can be obtained from Grace on 07446232851 or by emailing grace@topcats.org.uk. Tickets will also be available on the door.

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