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Donisthorpe concert is a tribute to Simone’s family

HITTING A HIGH NOTE: Pictured are White Rose Concert Band conductor and musical director Ben Tierney, clarinettist Pam Young, Donisthorpe Hall administrator Georgiana Valceanu and bassoonist Simone Gordon

SIMONE Gordon is hoping to send guests home from an upcoming performance at Donisthorpe Hall with an earworm.

But it’s nothing sinister — in fact, the term refers to a catchy piece of music that repeats through someone’s mind after they have heard it.

And that is exactly what she wants to happen on Sunday, September 30 (2pm) when the White Rose Concert Band performs a fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Donisthorpe.

It is taking place in memory of Simone’s aunt, Josie Vosper, and her parents, Fay and Harold Cohen.

Simone, a bassoonist in the band, said: “A number of our members have ties to Donisthorpe.

“My aunt was a resident for nine years until November last year and my mum received respite care there in 2016 after my dad died.

“Sadly, she died there 10 days later.

“Jane Stone, who is the care home manager, knowing the ties Donisthorpe has with the band, asked if we would come and perform.

“I thought I could do better than that in the shape of a fundraising performance.”

Simone has chosen music her parents and aunt would have enjoyed.

It will include a medley of tunes from composer John Philip Sousa and songs from musicals such as West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The band will also perform a piece dedicated to the victims of last year’s Manchester Arena bombing and to victims of terrorism around the world.

Simone, of Shadwell, is a former professional dancer who trained at the London College of Drama and Dance.

A member of United Hebrew Congregation, who is married to Anton, she said the band has been in existence since 1976 and performs at band stands in various parks, as well as regularly taking part in the National Concert Band Festival competition.

Simone, the mother of Bethany and Oliver, added: “I think people are in for a wonderful afternoon at Donisthorpe.

“It is also about supporting Donisthorpe and doing something positive for them after the bad press they have received.”

Guests can either buy tickets at Donisthorpe’s reception or pay on the door.


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