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While busking for just an hour in Chester city centre, members of the Society raised over £250, smashing their previous record of raising £70 in the hour. The Society played many favourite Christmas carols and well-known songs. All the money raised will be donated to the cancer charity, Marie Curie.

Gemma Smith, aged 20, from Stafford, is President of the Orchestral Society. She said: “So many people attended the event and sang along - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was a crowd favourite! We had 18 members of the Orchestra attend the event, which is our biggest turn out yet. This allowed us to have a large range of instruments, including the triangle and bells, to make everything sound that little bit more Christmassy! It went dark just as we began to play, which was lovely as we were able to play under the Christmas lights. We are absolutely astounded at the generosity of the public of Chester and can’t believe we managed to raise that much in just an hour.”

The Society also held its fifth Annual Christmas Concert in Molloy Hall on the University’s Parkgate Road Campus. The concert included a range of music, from Christmas carols, to music from Queen and Disney. There were also special guest performances from the Drama and Barbershop societies. The musicians raised an amazing £576 through ticket sales and a raffle. The money will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity. The Society surpassed their target of £240 which was raised last year.

Gemma said: “Over 130 people attended the Christmas concert which was amazing. The performances went really well. We are so proud of what we as a Society have managed to achieve already this year. We have raised over £1,000 collectively already, which is double what we raised as a total last year. The dedication of all of our members in the hours of rehearsals leading up to the Christmas season is shown through how successful we have been this year. We hope everyone has enjoyed listening to us and would like to thank everyone who has supported us.”

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