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RNLI Portishead Fundraising Concert
Sat 20 May 2017, 19:15 – 22:15 BST
Join us for an evening of musical merriment with internationally renowned tenor Ben Makisi, local doo-wop group The Cat’s Pyjamas and violinist Lu Jeffery. And help to raise vital funds to support RNLI Portishead’s volunteer lifeboat crew.
Doors open at 7.15pm. Event starts at 7.45pm and finishes at 10.15pm. Fully licensed bar. Souvenir stall. Lots of fun.
Dubbed the ‘Polynesian Pavarotti’, Ben Makisi was born in Wellington, New Zealand and is of Tongan and Samoan descent. From lowly beginnings in his local church choir, Ben is now an award-winning operatic tenor and has sung with the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, for HRH Prince Charles and at the state funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary. He has wowed audiences in London, Hong Kong, New York, Sydney and Barcelona. And now, just for us, he’s coming to Portishead.
Bristol based trio 'The Cat's Pyjamas' are a female doo-wop group, paying homage to the wonderful era of the 1940s with songs from the Andrew Sisters, Puppini Sisters and many more. Using close harmonies, quirky melodies and covers of today's classics, they are guaranteed to get your foot tapping, your head nodding and your rear end wiggling.
After graduating from Dartington College of Arts, violinist Lu Jeffery toured internationally as featured solo violinist with Spirit of the Dance, One World and Gaelforce Dance shows. She has performed at Wembley, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and the Nassau Coliseum in New York. Lu has also recorded with bands such as Massive Attack, The Fratellis and Figure 5. And she features on the soundtracks of Luc Besson's 'Unleashed', the BBC's 'Bullet Boy' and ITV’s 'Wire In The Blood'. If that wasn't enough, Lu is also a member of the RNLI Portishead shore crew, education volunteers and fundraising team.
Come and enjoy this spectacular evening with us. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the RNLI, to meet some of our volunteer crew and to support us in saving lives at sea. All in the comfortable surroundings of Portishead’s Somerset Hall, with an on-site bar, parking just a short walk away and plenty of local overnight accommodation for those travelling from further afield. All proceeds (after costs) go to support RNLI Portishead.
The RNLI Portishead lifeboat station exists to save lives in the Bristol Channel and the River Avon. We operate an Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat and launched on service over fifty times in 2016. All of our crew members are volunteers, as are our fundraisers, our shop staff, our education team and all our other station personnel. But it costs £85,000 a year to keep the lifeboat station running, all of which is funded from voluntary contributions from members of the public.
We’d like to thank Ben Makisi, The Cat’s Pyjamas and Lu Jeffery for generously donating their time and musical skills to support this event.
Who can attend the event?
The event is open to everyone. It's a family event, so in addition to some excellent music there'll be an RNLI souvenir stall and the opportunity to meet members of the RNLI Portishead team.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The event venue is in the heart of Portishead, with regular bus services to Bristol and elsewhere. It's also only a few minutes from junction 19 of the M5 and 11 miles from Bristol Airport. For those coming by car, there are a number of car parks in the town centre. Some of these may charge, so please check when parking. If you are looking to stay overnight, the town has a number of hotels.
I live locally. Can I buy a ticket in person?
Yes, tickets are also on sale from the souvenir shop at the Portishead lifeboat station. They are £12 each and you can pay in cash or by cheque payable to 'RNLI Portishead'. The shop is currently open from 12pm to 4pm during the week and from 10am to 4pm at the weekend.
Can I get a refund if I'm not able to come?
Yes. We're happy to offer a full refund up to one week prior to the event, i.e. until Friday 12th May. After this time, we're afraid no refunds will be given, as we'd struggle to re-sell the ticket(s).
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
It would make things a lot easier if you could print your ticket(s) and bring them with you to show at the door. We'll let you in without them, of course, but we'll have to find you on our list and that will take a little longer.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Should you have any queries about the event, you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org