Months of rehearsals for a concert on Sunday 20 March in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance was put in jeopardy after a flood in the basement of St Luke’s Church, Broad Street.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue had to pump the water out and carry out a safety check after the flood on 15 March. But, as there was damage to the boiler and the water system and with the chilly forecast for the weekend, Swindon Symphony Orchestra did not want to risk holding the concert there.
Orchestra chairperson Nicki Kinton said: “It would be difficult enough playing in such cold conditions, but for the audience it would have been even more uncomfortable.
“We didn’t want to postpone the concert; everyone has worked so hard in rehearsals. St Joseph’s Catholic College in Ocotal Way has come to the rescue and we’re able to put on the performance in the school hall.
“All the players are also looking forward to performing together. All of us busily using all the media we can, as well as word of mouth, to let people know of the switch in venue.
“Please share the details as widely as possible to make sure that anyone who is interested knows about the show will go on in aid of the air ambulance service.
The concert which includes works by Schubert and Brahms at St Joseph’s Catholic College starts at 7.30pm. Guest clarinet soloist Helen Pysanczyn performing a concerto by composer and jazz musician James Harpham.
Tickets on the door cost £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and children can go free.
Photos of James and Helen, right, and the orchestra rehearsing, below, by Richard Wintle of Calyx