Grandson fulfils grandma's final wish

12 February 2018

A WIGAN man is organising and performing at a concert to fulfil his grandma’s final wish to help the hospice.

Andrew Brown, 27, from Poolstock will stage Boheme to Bernstein at St James with St Thomas Church in Poolstock on March 16th in memory of his grandma Barbara Dance who was cared for by the hospice in 2012.

Andrew said: "My grandma had cancer and before she died she told us she had a few wishes she wanted sorting out. One of them was that she wanted me to put on this concert and raise awareness of the hospice.

"She and my grandad were massive supporters of my singing - they helped me no end. They had so much confidence in me - even in the hairdressers or in the hospital before she died she wanted me to sing for her. However good or bad I could do no wrong.

"I wanted to put the concert to one side for a while until I got a bit better vocally and I'd made more of a name for myself. I've since been involved with a few operatic concerts at the church but now I feel the time is right for this concert."

Andrew has been involved with several operatic concerts at the church but this is the first one he is staging himself.

The first half Boheme to Bernstein will feature well-known opera such as Nessun Dorma and a La Boheme duet. The second half will feature popular songs from musical theatre and a range of solos, duets and trios accompanied by David Goulden on the piano.

Tenor Andrew studied Opera Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and studied in London at the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. He will perform alongside baritone Aidan Edwards and soprano Juliet Montgomery after meeting both at the Royal Northern.

Some 200 tickets are available for the concert which takes place at 7.30pm on March 16th.

Tickets are priced at £10 each and are available on 07891 315790, from the church and by emailing Andrew:


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