In March 2015 the Dan Eley Foundation organised a concert at the United Reform Church in Godalming with musicians from Godalming College and guest speaker Ben Elton who attended Godalming College as a student.
The music department at Godalming College is well known for its excellent performances and the Spring Benefit Concert was a special occasion with over 100 students taking part, showcasing classical, jazz, choral, music from films, popular music and students original composition work.
A special moment was when the choir joined Andy Duerden, a singer songwriter to perform ‘Hey Traveller’ a song that he wrote to raise money to bring Dan Eley back from Columbia after the accident that has left him a quadriplegic.
The concert and associated fundraising raised over £5,000 to help other talented young musicians in Surrey who cannot afford their own instruments or music lessons.
We are pleased to announce that the Dan Eley Foundation has made a donation of a double bass to the music department at the College.
Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music at Godalming College say ‘Thank you ever so much for your generous donation of our fabulous new double bass. We will now be able to have a double bass in our orchestra, jazz band and string group. Students who play the double bass will no longer have to have the difficulty of trying to transport their instrument to and from college. Luckily we have a Music teacher at College who plays the double bass and he will be able to provide basic tuition for any students wishing to learn to play.
The first public appearance of the double bass will be on 9th December when the music department is holding its Christmas concert. Tickets available from www.godalmingcollegemusic.ticketsource.co.uk
Thank you to everyone who supported the Spring Benefit Concert this year, a similar concert will take place on 23rd March 2016 with funds raised going to disadvantaged young people in Surrey and Cali, Columbia.