Blind monk performs for charity on Saturday
BLIND monk Father Luke Penkett is to perform a concert in Bournemouth on Saturday to repay the help he has received from Dorset Blind Association.
“Since moving to Bournemouth 10 months ago and losing most of my sight, Dorset Blind Association have been fantastic, I just wanted to thank them and put something back into their system,” says Father Luke.
“Before becoming a monk, I used to perform quite a bit. After winning all the piano prizes and scholarships at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and studying with the American pianist Charles Rosen, I've played on the South Bank and appeared in a documentary on TV.
“My son, Sam Penkett, is coming down from York, where he's a songman at the Minster. He’ll be singing some arias by Handel as well as some folk songs. Then we have Neil Houlton, the vicar at St Andrew's, Boscombe, who's delivering a monologue, and his wife, Louise, who's another superb singer.
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The concert, at St Andrew’s Church from 7.30pm on Saturday will also feature the charity’s singing group and the Choir will perform a mixture of choral music and West End numbers.
There are no tickets. but there is a retiring collection, with all the profits shared between Dorset Blind Association and St Andrew's.
For more information contact Jaya Da Costa, Dorset Blind Association’s fundraising manager on 01202 712864.