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Here’s your chance to be a VIP hero in company of musical legends

November 18, 2013
KASH-ING IN FOR CADETS: Lichfield Garrick chief executive and artistic director Adrian Jackson, far left, with myself, and Staffordshire Police mascot Kash the dog

KASH-ING IN FOR CADETS: Lichfield Garrick chief executive and artistic director Adrian Jackson, far left, with myself, and Staffordshire Police mascot Kash the dog

IT’S our very own version of Staffordshire’s Got Talent – and next spring the sumptuous Lichfield Garrick will play host to an extraordinary event.

This is one for your dairies NOW and the chance to be a VIP at an occasion that will definitely be a one-off.

I’ve been able to acquire the services of one of the finest musical talents in the UK today – The British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO).

This unique organisation, which provides musical enjoyment for all, has agreed to perform a concert in aid of our Staffordshire Young Police Cadets.

What could be more fitting than one fine ambassador for the British Police Service agreeing to a charity fundraiser for a fledging group of ambassadors who are undoubtedly developing into proud and upstanding citizens of tomorrow.

The orchestra draws its members from across the police forces of the UK – players who are all either serving or retired police officers, police staff or other members of the extended police family.

Our special charity night for the Staffordshire Corporate Social Responsibility Fund will be on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7.30pm at the Lichfield Garrick theatre.

The show will fittingly have a ‘Legends and Heroes’ theme and the orchestra will enthral the audience with music including Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Sibelius’ Finlandia. Other works from Elgar, Tchaikosvky, Wood and Ravel could also figure in the orchestra’s repertoire.

But I can assure you their booking has nothing to do with one of their favourite pieces – Homage To the Queen by Arnold.

For the musical connoisseurs, it’s often played on their travels – recently performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall – the Thomas Arnold work was written as the original Queen Elizabeth II coronation ballet in 1953!

The BPSO will be hoping to raise the roof – and thousands of pounds – at the concert with VIP tickets, costing £40 and including a champagne and canapé reception, available. Other tickets, priced at £18 to £20, are also on sale now at www.lichfieldgarrick.com

The cadet scheme was a key election pledge for Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. It aims to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.

Successful cadets’ units have already been launched in Stafford and Cannock thanks to funding from patrons and sponsors with one due in Stoke North next month. Proceeds from the concert will help pay for the on-going roll-out of the programme across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

As deputy police and crime commissioner, I’m organising the event and there’s no doubt that Staffordshire Young Police Cadets are already working hard to support their local community.

The service is all about giving advantages to young people – some from challenging backgrounds – who through a positive and vibrant programme can learn how to become responsible citizens.

We want to sell 450 tickets to raise money for the cadet charity and allow new units to be formed, uniforms to be provided, transport allocated and much more.

Tickets will make great Christmas presents for friends and family while as well as ensuring your hard-earned money goes to a great cause which is making a real difference locally.

The orchestra’s chairman is Staffordshire Police chief constable Mike Cunningham.

He said: “The BPSO is a nationally recognised orchestra and I’m thrilled that they’ve agreed to return to Staffordshire to support our police cadets.

“Cadets take part in lots of different activities and learn more about what police life is like. They get to wear their own police cadet uniform and help keep communities safe and reassured.

“This could mean giving out safety advice to local people or helping us to find out about their concerns. The scheme provides a great opportunity for young people to develop and make a real difference in their community.”

Cadets work towards Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards having a go at hiking, climbing and orienteering.

It is also hoped that the high-profile event will attract further patrons and sponsors to fund the Cadets’ Service. In return for becoming a patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. For more details visit www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets

A video promoting the event, featuring myself and Staffordshire Police mascot Kash the dog, can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLV29df4oUs

  • For more details on tickets call 01785 232498/232270 or 07990 553938 or email sue.arnold@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
RASS FOR CASH: The BPSO in concert for the Staffordshire Young Police Cadets on April 12 next year at the Lichfield Garrick

BRASS FOR CASH: The BPSO in concert for the Staffordshire Young Police Cadets on April 12 next year at the Lichfield Garrick

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