Day of music and performance to be held in aid of Prospect Hospice

By Jessica Durston - 13 September 2021

CharityArts and Culture

'Songs From the Heart' will feature Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Dennis DeMille, choirs, soloists and dancers.

Tim Whiting of Swindon, has put together the show with the support of many people and businesses in Swindon.

He received sponsorship from the Piano Gallery in Farringdon.

The 'Songs From the Heart' event will be held at The Deanery CE Academy on Peglars Way, Wichelstowe. There will be two shows taking place. One at 2:30pm and one at 6:30pm. 

Doors open 1.45pm for the earlier show and 5:45pm for the evening performance.

Headlining act Dennis DeMille, was a Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist in 2018. He will be supported by the 16-piece local big band, 41 Degrees. The bill also includes three local choirs, Songbirds, Guys and Dolls, and students from the Ridgeway School faculty of Creative and Performing Arts.

Performers from the Judith Hockaday School of Dance will be in attendance and feature on the line-up.  

Tim said: "It is going to be a cracking show but we need an audience and we are keen to sell out and make as much money as possible for Prospect." 

"The Prospect at Home Team provided superb help and support to my wife Riny, myself and my son Danny during the time Riny was at home with cancer. Due to their support, Riny was able to die, peacefully, at home in October 2018.

"Since Riny died I have benefited enormously from the support of Prospect’s Bereavement support team. I received one to one counselling and took part in group counselling sessions."   

All proceeds of the Songs from the Heart event will go to the Prospect. 

Tickets are priced at £5. 

All performers and helpers are involved on a voluntary basis.

Tim added: "I taught at Ridgeway School for 20 years as Director of Physical Education and Leisure Centre. Many ex-students and their parents have been brilliant in their support for the shows.

"I want to thank The Deanery for the use of their superb theatre with its excellent acoustics. I also want to give thanks to all the acts for their enthusiastic support for the shows and the hard work they are putting into rehearsing after what has been a most difficult period for performers. I also cannot forget to give thanks to those who have donated fab raffle prizes, to ESP Colour and of course to the show’s sponsors, The Piano Gallery."

Vicki Watson, musical director for 41 Degrees, designed the event poster and ESP Colour printed off 1,000 copied for free. ESP Colour team will also print the programmes.

Becki Jankinson, Head of the Ridgeway School Faculty of Creative and Performing Arts is the musical director for all the massed choir pieces. Her students are the core of the massed choir.  

Former track and field athlete, David Hemery CBE and his wife Vivian will be attending the matinee performance as special guests.  

There will be a licensed bar and a raffle. Tim invites members of the public to donate raffle prizes if they wish to. 

Attendees are being reminded to arrive early if they wish to pre-order drinks for the interval. 

There is also an option for audience members to add a 'Special moment'. If members of the public wish to have the name of a loved one  projected onto a screen as the massed choir sing, and have the name printed in the programme, they can email stating the performance they are attending (matinee or evening).

Names for the Special Moment need to be emailed by 1 October. 

Covid 19 guidelines for the event are as follows: 'If you develop any symptoms within ten days of this event, please send a message using the contact form at ticketsource and an advisory email will be sent to everyone who attended the show.'

There will be donation buckets available at the show and donations can be made online at

An interactive map will be emailed out with ticket purchases. 

Tickets for the 2:30pm Sunday 10 show are available at

Tickets for the 6:30pm Sunday 10 show are available at

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