Stars of the stage and screen helped raise £40,000 at a glittering gala performance in Bury St Edmunds in aid of a new ‘Arts and Culture Fund for Suffolk’.
Actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales as well as Royal Ballet stars Mara Galeazzi and Gary Avis were among the big names at the High Sheriff of Suffolk’s Command Performance at the Theatre Royal to support the launch of the Fund.
It has been spearheaded by High Sheriff Judith Shallow to provide grants towards nurturing, educating, initiating and empowering the outreach endeavours of Suffolk community arts organisations.
Mrs Shallow, a patron of the theatre and the Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “This will help to enable access to the performing arts for deprived and under-privileged young people, vulnerable adults, carers, former offenders and encourage the very many initiatives that make a real difference to ordinary people’s lives.”
The gala included a moving film and performance by Music in Our Bones - a community choir of carers and those they care for. There were performers from the world of opera, dance, drama and comedy, the CAT group from DanceEast and students from Conservatoire East.