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Downton Abbey star joins forces with choir for charity concert

Where: Cirencester Parish Church

When: Friday, November 2, 7.30pm

Downton Abbey star Douglas Reith is set to join Coln Choir for a charity concert in Cirencester Parish Church on Friday, November 2, at 7.30pm.

Proceeds from the concert 'The Eleventh Hour' are to be shared between two charities, local medical charity Cobalt and the Royal British Legion.

The concert tells the story of the First World War, with particular focus on the role of men and women from Gloucestershire.

Douglas, who played Lord Merton in the popular TV drama series Downton Abbey, will take the role of the Narrator, leading the audience through the poetry, prose and music that relates to the dramatic events of the war and the local stories behind them.

Popular local singers Kate Hicks Beach and Tani Phillips, pianist Jonathan Phillips, violinist Tom Pitt and trumpeter Peter Medland, as well as actor/director Jackie Smith-Wood and actress Mary Conlon, will contribute to the evening.

Kirsty Bradbury, fundraising engagement officer for Cobalt, said: "We are delighted that Coln Choir have chosen to dedicate part of the proceeds of this concert to Cobalt.

"The event marks the significant sacrifice local Gloucestershire men and women made in the First World War. The funds raised will be used to help local people across the county by providing the very latest mammography equipment as part of our Gloucestershire Breast Equipment Appeal."

The donation to The Royal British Legion will support their annual Poppy Appeal, providing support for servicemen and women in need of help and tackle the difficulties experienced by those who have been casualties of military service.

Tickets are priced at £25 and £15 (some may have restricted views), and are available through the Coln St Aldwyns Choir website at  or at Coln Stores, Main St, Coln St Aldwyns, GL7 5AN.

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