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Fundraising concert in aid of Typhoon Haiyan victims

(November 18, 2013)

West End performers unite for emergency fundraising concert,
in aid of Typhoon Haiyan victims

St Martin's Church, Caerphilly

Thursday, 28 November at 7:30 pm

After Typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban City
Remains of houses after Typhoon Haiyan, outskirts of Tacloban City, Philipines

A category 5 super typhoon, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) hit landfall on the Philipines on 7 November 2013. It was the strongest typhoon ever recorded, hitting wind speeds of over 305 km/hr (190 mph). Typhoon Haiyan caused catastophic damage. Many towns and cities have been destroyed and over 4,000 people are known to have died; though that figure is likely to rise as rescue workers reach the more remote regions.

Typhoon Haiyan 2013-11-07Typhoon Haiyan, source NASA

A fundraising concert, in aid of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, will take place at St Martin's church, Caerphilly, on 28 November 2013. Featuring songs from West End and Broadway musicals, the concert will feature a host of West End and local performers including: Shân Cothi; Peter Karrie; Dan & Laura Curtis; Adam Robert Lewis; Samantha Link; Bruce Anderson; Billy Harvey; Lucy Rees; and Your Voice competition winner, Kasia Howley.

Poster - Typhoon Haiyan benefit concert

The concert has been organised by composers, Dan and Laura Curtis, who have recently returned from working on their new album in New York and are currently working on a musical about Richard Burton.

Dan Curtis said "We recently worked with one of the Philipines most renowned artists, Lea Salonga, on a song that we have written for a forthcoming album. As a result of this, we have been in contact with many of her fans from the Phillipines. When the typhoon struck we were hearing first-hand about the terrible ordeal people were going through and heard several heartbreaking stories about those who had lost contact with their families. We just want to try and do something to help."

The concert will be held at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly on Thursday, 28 November at 7:30 pm, with tickets available at £10. All proceeds will be donated to the British Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Tickets can be purchased directly from the church, or reserved via e-mailing or phoning 075844 86312.


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