Family links bring music for heroes

Mary RuddWhen Richard and Andrea Middleton looked for a home after travelling throughout Britain and Europe for some 30 years they chose Norfolk because they had never lived anywhere they liked more.Mary Rudd

When Richard and Andrea Middleton looked for a home after travelling throughout Britain and Europe for some 30 years they chose Norfolk because they had never lived anywhere they liked more.

They had moved because of Richard's RAF role. Andrea believes she must have made something like 25 house moves in that time, so she's been enjoying putting down some roots here over the last nine years.

Lately, they've been busy lately throwing their energy behind a fund raising concert in Attleborough which will feature four talented musicians on March 14 at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church.

The concert will be in aid of Help for Heroes and the church's own charity which directly supports a Ugandan orphanage fund.


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The couple have two sons and one of them, David, who is serving with two Para has recently returned from six months in Afghanistan where his platoon, like many others, suffered casualties and fatalities and this prompted his parents to think how they might raise funds for a dedicated charity.

David, who had wanted to be in the Army since he was young, has served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan but it was during his university years at Newcastle, when studying geographical surveying and mapping sciences, that he met his girlfriend, professional violinist Stephanie Benedetti.

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Stephanie has played the violin from an early age and even persuaded her family to buy a second violin for her award-winning sister Nicola so that they could play together.

The concert will feature Stephanie and the Raven Quartet who have appeared with Hayley Westenra, the BBC Maestro programme and the Electric Proms.

The programme will feature Mozart, Brahms, Shostakovich and film and gypsy music and there are just a few tickets left which cost �12, to include a glass of champagne and canap�s.

Call 01953 451215.

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