Calvin Glen’s musical extravaganza ‘Sing for the Soul’ kicked off at lunchtime yesterday at the Suncliff Hotel, Bournemouth. Calvin is one of Dorset Mind’s young ambassadors. At just 15, he organised and compered a truly excellent gig that combined music with promoting mental health.
Review of the Musical extravaganza – a wonderful variety
The majority of the performances featured contemporary songs or songs from musical theatre. There was some inspired original work too…
Calvin started the proceedings with a rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’
from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film. A touching tribute to Gene Wilder, who sadly passed away last Monday. He followed this up with ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’
from Les Miserables. Perhaps this was an indication that Calvin was a little nervous how the event would be received.
But he need not worry, there was plenty of support!
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner
, Will Hulme from Westbourne Rotary Club
, Mark Storey from Dorset Mental Health Forum
all attended. And we even spotted Rosalind Fountain
– a talent scout!
Our Patron, Dr Andy Mayers
gave a rousing speech half way through the proceedings about mental health and music. Speaking on Hope FM this week alongside Calvin, Andy was really impressed with Calvin’s passion for music. In addition to this, as Calvin speaks very openly about his own mental health problems, he is a great ambassador for Dorset Mind.
Dorset Mind’s Chair of Trustees, Chris Price, also spoke at the end of the event to thank Calvin and everyone involved for their hard work.
To put on an event of this calibre takes enthusiasm and plenty of determination. Of which Calvin has bucket loads.
Well done Calvin, we’re very proud of you!
For the full review of all our acts, see here.