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A local amateur musical group has played its part to help build the first ever ‘Maggie’s’ Centre in Yorkshire to support people in our area affected by cancer by raising £1951

Harrogate Symphony Orchestra has supported Maggie’s as its named charity, raising funds at every concert in the last year.

When it opens on the St James’s Hospital site in Leeds, Maggie’s will provide practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends across the whole of Yorkshire. This idea was originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks who lived with cancer for two years and saw the need for a warm and welcome place that would be a refuge from the stress of living with this illness.

“It’s amazing how everyone in the orchestra and our generous audiences have rallied around such a wonderful cause,” commented HSO Chairman, John Bywater. “Our excitement as the total raised at every concert has grown, so being able to present this giant cheque to the team at Maggie’s Yorkshire is one of those moments where we need a musical fanfare!”

The HSO is now gearing up for its next concert on Saturday 18 March at the Royal Hall, Harrogate at 7.30pm, featuring organist Simon Lindley in Saint Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. Younger listeners may recognise this as the theme tune to the Disney film ‘Babe’. We are also delighted to welcome back the celebrated flautist, Anna Noakes, who will be performing the Damase Flute Concerto and Glück’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Brahms’ Academic Overture completes the programme.

Tickets are available from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or online at


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