The Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra has raised more than £1,000 for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal.

The first concert took place on Saturday, March 2 in the Leighton Hospital Treatment Centre followed by a recital a week later at St Andrew’s Church in Crewe.

They started rehearsing at Leighton Hospital last November and have already put together a programme of music from the stage, film, classics and modern symphonic repertoire.

For both concerts the orchestra was joined by ex BBC Philharmonic orchestra violinist Shirley Richards, who performed in John Williams’ moving Spielberg movie classic, Schindler’s List.

Manoj Kulshrestha, Shires management committee member, said: "The orchestra is delighted to be able to support the dementia appeal with our concerts. We are now busy rehearsing for the next performance on Saturday, July 6 at Richmond Village in Nantwich."

Carole Salmon, MCH community fundraiser, said: "We’re so pleased that the Symphonic Orchestra has chosen to support our dementia appeal with their performances.

"I was lucky enough to be at their inaugural concert at Leighton Hospital and was very impressed with their performance. The music was beautiful and everyone really enjoyed it."

The orchestra is open to all wind, brass and percussion players, adults and children, the current youngest being only 10 years old. For more information about the Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra visit

The charity offers lots of opportunities for the community to get involved with supporting any area of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more details call Carole Salmon, Community on 01270 273248.