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EDF Music festival hits right notes for Breast Cancer Now

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 29 September 2017 10:48

EDF Music festival hits right notes for Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now is £4,000 better off thanks to the musical efforts of EDF Energy’s Barnwood team.

From Big Band to Blues to Bowie, the range of musical styles performed at ‘The Big Gig’ at the Walls’ social club in Barnwood was a credit to the EDF Energy employees who featured in all the bands on the night.

Organiser Alan Prentice from Brockworth is a systems engineer at EDF Energy’s Barnwood headquarters, home to almost 2,000 people involved in the operations of 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity - not least through the development of the new nucleaer poer station in Somerset at Hinkley Point.

He and colleagues worked on the Big Gig for months with a mission to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Now.

“It’s been a great pleasure as well as a challenge driven by a worthy cause. When I dreamt up the wild idea I believed that with the right people brave enough it would succeed.

“A lot of the Barnwood musicians, myself included, had never played to an audience so it was straight in at the deep end.

“Tesco (at Brockworth), ASDA and Debenhams deserve special thanks for access into their local Gloucester stores and to their customers to enable the fundraising and the promotion of a prize draw in aid of the charity.

“Fundraising gave me the rewarding opportunity to meet people affected by the illness which was very moving.”

The PA sound system was sponsored by Two Rivers Production Company in Cheltenham and provided by Serenityaudio.

The professional quality sound production provided on the night by sound engineer Danny Kitainik of Serenityaudio gave all the novice acts the rare opportunity to sound stunning and professional.

The company-wide partnership between EDF Energy and Breast Cancer Now, which began last year, will run for three years with an aim to replicate the success of its last partnership with Marie Curie.

Pictured: U2-35 played at EDF Energy Barnwood’s Big Gig to help raise £4000 for Breast Cancer Now

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