Music lovers have the chance to enjoy an eclectic performance by a group of professional wind players in the unique surroundings of The Poppy Factory this September.
Blackwater Valley Wind Quintet will bring their diverse and well-honed repertoire – ranging from George Gershwin and Scott Joplin to The Beatles and Ralph Vaughan Williams – to our visitor centre in Richmond on the afternoon of September 16.
Visitors can book tickets for an intimate concert by the quintet at 12.30pm, followed by a hosted discovery session about The Poppy Factory. Tea, coffee and artisan cakes will be available to buy in the café area on the day.
Blackwater Valley Wind Quintet share a music teaching background in Surrey and Hampshire. As well as playing and performing together regularly, its members perform individually and in many other groups and orchestras. They are Barbara Sykes (Flute), Jane Cleaver (Oboe), Andy Norris (Clarinet), Tim Jones (Horn) and Paula Burton (Bassoon).
The Poppy Factory is hosting the performance its centenary celebrations in 2022, alongside a series of hosted discovery sessions for small groups and individual visitors throughout the summer.
All proceeds will go towards the charity’s employment service, helping veterans with health conditions across England and Wales to transform their lives.
Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “We are grateful to Blackwater Valley Wind Quintet for agreeing to give this one-off performance. It will offer a truly unique way to experience The Poppy Factory in our centenary year, while also raising vital funds to help more veterans on their journey into employment.”
Tickets for the concert, priced at £18, are available here.
Tickets at £12 are also available for discovery sessions on Tuesday 2 August (10.30am), Friday 12 August (11am), Thursday 18 August (3pm), Monday 22 August (3pm), Tuesday 13 September (3pm) and Monday 19 September (11am and 3pm).