Sir Malcolm Sargent’s 500th Prom anniversary concert raises £2,100

Long standing CLIC Sargent supporters The Promenaders’ Musical Charities raised a fantastic £2,100 for charities including CLIC Sargent with a bucket collection held at a significant Proms concert on Monday 24 July. Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra recreated Sir Malcolm Sargent’s 500th Prom concert from 1966.

 Sir Malcolm Sargent’s 500th Prom anniversary concert raises £2,100

This brings the total amount donated by Proms audiences so far this year to an incredible £18,000.

Sir Malcolm Sargent’s legacy

CLIC Sargent owes so much to the late Sir Malcolm Sargent as it was founded in in 1968 by Sylvia Darley OBE in his memory.

Last night’s spectacular concert celebrated the legacy of Sir Malcolm Sargent, a legacy which most certainly lives on through the charitable work of the Promenaders Musical Charities and CLIC Sargent.

Thank you to Promenaders Musical Charities

Every summer, a friendly group of Promenaders (those who attend the Proms) generously volunteer their time to collect donations from the departing audiences each evening, which they then distribute to CLIC Sargent and a number of musical charities. The Promenaders’ Musical Charities have kindly donated hundreds of thousands to CLIC Sargent to fund Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy for young cancer patients.

The Promenaders’ collections began a couple of years after Sir Malcolm’s death when a few Prommers decided to send a collection bucket around the standing audience to raise enough funds for button holes for the orchestra. The remaining money donated to Malcom Sargent Cancer Care for Children which had been newly founded by Sylvia Darley OBE. The collections expanded and grew throughout the following decades from a bucket going round the stalls most evenings to collections at the exits at the end of every show.

Thank you to everyone at The Proms for their continued support for CLIC Sargent’s fight for young lives against cancer.