Monday, September 26, 2011 - 09:00

A special concert is being held to mark one year on from the major flood which struck parts of mid Cornwall last November and to raise more funds for people whose homes were affected by it.

All proceeds from the charity event at Truro Cathedral on Friday November 11 will go to the Cornwall Flood Fund, set up by the Cornwall Community Foundation.

The concert is a partnership between the Foundation, Truro Cathedral and the Eden Project and will feature the Cathedral’s renowned choir and the Eden Choir.

Tickets are now on sale and the organisers are hoping that takings will provide a major boost for the fund in the run-in to the Christmas period.

Linda Whitaker, the Foundation’s Executive Director, said that CCF were delighted to collaborate with the Cathedral Choir and Eden to raise further funds for people affected by the floods last year.

The fund can help people buy items such as replacement household goods, to make repairs and carry out prevention work.

Linda said: “Many people are still living in temporary accommodation or have much work still to do in order to rebuild their lives and homes. All profit from this event will be directed to the Flood Fund to help even more people.

“It’s another great example of partnership working and much given pro bono, which I personally thank both organisations for so doing. We hope to have a full house and I’m sure it will be a memorable and reflective evening . ”

There will be a number of guest speakers, including flood survivor Diana Mullis, Tim Smit, chief executive of the Eden Project, and Oliver Baines, a trustee of the Foundation.

Chris Gray, Truro Cathedral’s Director of Music, said: “We have a really special programme which is designed to appeal to everyone, whether or not they have ever set foot in the Cathedral.

“The 15 boys and 12 men of the Cathedral Choir will open the concert with Cloudburst by American composer Eric Whitacre. There are some truly spectacular effects, using voices as you’ve probably never heard them used before, to create a choral thunderstorm – a first in the Cathedral and something I can’t wait to hear.

“There will also be a haunting arrangement of the American folksong Shenandoah as well as contributions from The Eden Choir which will bring a whole new dimension to the programme.”

The concert followed a conversation between the Eden Project, the Foundation and the choir after the flood last November.

Tim Smit of the Eden Project said: “The flood hit Eden hard and closed us down for a week. But right from the outset we were very aware that many of our neighbours and friends were suffering too. With the first anniversary coming up, we hope that the concert will raise a good sum for the Flood Fund and provide a very enjoyable evening of song.”

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Eden Project Box Office 01726 811972. There are a limited number of free tickets available for under-18s.

For more information on the concert, see our blog.