Love is in the aria…. at Army & Navy Club


February 16, 2017
Veterans Aid was once again the beneficiary of a concert at the Army & Navy Club featuring renowned mezzo-soprano Fiona Kimm.

On Saturday, 18th February, in the wake of Valentine’s Day, Fiona was singing about that “many-splendour’d thing” through the songs of Gershwin, Porter, Coward, Kern, Sondheim, Weill and more. She was joined by Laurence Cummings, internationally acclaimed Baroque conductor, harpsichordist – and secret ‘jazzer.

CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said, “We were so touched and delighted by this generous gesture. It was the second time we’ve been privileged to benefit from one of Fiona Kimm’s magical evenings at the club and I can’t express my gratitude enough to those involved in making it happen. It’s humbling to have such good friends and an honour to have talented performers like Fiona Kimm and Laurence Cummings raising awareness of our work.”

In March 2015, accompanied by the Head of Music of the Royal Opera David Syrus, Miss Kimm performed In Flanders Fields at the Army & Navy Club, also to raise funds for Veterans Aid. Ahead of her second performance she said, “I am the daughter of a Naval Officer and the granddaughter and great granddaughter of soldiers. Veterans Aid, set up to help servicemen who found themselves destitute after the Great War, is still needed today – a fact which is both shocking and sad – and I am truly honoured to be able to contribute something towards the help given by the charity to men and women who have given so much to their country, and who deserve our support in their time of need.”

Mr. Ayres de Souza, who is the Secretary of the Army & Navy Club, said, “This was Fiona Kimm’s second performance at the Army & Navy Club and collectively we were again so tremendously grateful to her for making this evening possible. Fiona’s vision and generosity were simply outstanding and we were honoured to welcome her back on Saturday for what was, a heart-warming and glorious rendition of some of her favourite songs which raised much-needed funds for Veterans Aid.”

More than 70 members of The Army & Navy Club attended the concert, which was followed by a supper during which Fiona and Laurence circulated among concertgoers.

Details of the programme can be found HERE.