HRH The Duke of Gloucester celebrates our 20th Annual Christmas Concert

Over 150 guests from the Construction Industry were welcomed by HRH The Duke of Gloucester to celebrate our 20th Annual Christmas Concert last week.

Guests enjoyed music from The Royal College of Music Junior Department Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Chris Hirons. They performed a range of classical pieces from Holst, Debussy, Pachelbel and Schubert, and was rounded off with a Christmas medley.

We were delighted to be joined by our patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester who took the opportunity after the concert to thank the construction companies who have helped us in our mission to bring talent to the industry.

Rod Bennion Chairman of Trustees spoke of our work in 2012 and thanked our sponsors for their generosity, and went on to introduce the new Young Ambassadors Scheme which the Trust is shortly launching. He also interviewed one of the ambassadors Ariel Carter who took part in a Budding Brunels programme with the Trust, and now has a job working with BBMV a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci UK.  Five beneficiaries of the Trust attended the event all of which are to be Trust ambassadors, and who are all now in paid employment.

After dinner guests enjoyed a much anticipated raffle and auction with prizes including theatre vouchers, a box at the O2 to watch the X Factor tour live, a round of golf at the Belfry, a hand drawn portrait of a mallard, 3 cases of wine, Fortnum and Masons hampers, an iPad, and a cookery lesson voucher. The raffle and auction alone raised an amazing £4,500 which will go towards helping more young people into training and employment.

This year’s Christmas Concert was generously supported by Alandale Group of Companies, Balfour Beatty, Bam, Bouygues UK, Concerto, EMCOR, GEM, Keepmoat, Pinsent Masons, REDS10, Urbanis, and WT Partnership.  Prizes were very kindly donated by Trustee John Abbott, Cookery School at Little Portland Street, Concho y Toro, Just Retirement, Mears, Nick Posener, Nissan, and Willmott Dixon.