BRIT award winning singer-songwriter, Beverley Craven, is headlining an open-air ‘music and fizz’ concert at the Hambledon vineyard near Waterlooville on Saturday 26th June, in memory of a much-loved local wife and mother, Tara Smith, who died of breast cancer at the age of 49. The proceeds will go to Wessex Cancer Trust and Rowans Hospice.
Beverley has spoken publicly about her own breast cancer diagnoses; the first in 2005 and again in 2018.
Beverley will be joined for her performance by renowned saxophonist, Frank Mead, and there will be supporting performances from singer Josie Florence and the Isle of Wight Youth Jazz Orchestra . You can see pictures of Josie and the Isle of Youth Jazz orchestra below.
Gates open at 4pm and parking is available on site. There will be an artisan pizza van, fish and chips and strawberries and cream, as well as a well-stocked bar and guests are welcome to bring a picnic and soft drinks only. Tickets start at £40 plus booking fee.
The organisers say it will be a poignant evening:
“Beverley Craven was always a firm favourite of Tara’s so we really wanted to organise something special in her memory as a mother of two, much-loved wife and friend and pillar of support to many – someone who was determined and selfless to the end. Sadly, Tara went from skiing at New Year and cycling the lanes and posting her best ever time for her 10-mile circuit in January 2019, to not being here six weeks later. She never allowed cancer to stand in her way though, and received so much care and support that we wanted to organise something positive in Tara’s memory to raise money for the many other local people who are living with cancer. The weather is improving, there is plenty of space for guests to spread out and Hambledon Vineyard has far reaching views across the beautiful English hills and downs. We know it will be a wonderful event and we’d love to see you there!”
Singer Josie Florence
Isle of Wight Youth Jazz Orchestra