HE IMPRESSED Sir Tom Jones and managed to make it to the final eight in this year’s series of The Voice.
And now Karl Loxley is coming back to his roots for a special open air charity concert at the Bandstand in Stratford.
Classical tenor Karl will be performing everything from Nessun Dorma to one of the Welsh warbler’s numbers between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday (June 21).
And although concerts at the Bandstand, which is owned by Stratford Town Trust, are free to enjoy, this one will be raising money for the Stratford Cancer & Eye Hospital Appeal.
Karl has been a regular in Stratford in the past, building up a fan base through his busking days before taking on the BBC One programme.
He said: “The people of Stratford have given me so much support. There have been times where it felt like all of my hard work wasn’t paying off – but performing in Stratford and getting the feedback I did really inspired me and keep me following my dream.
“That’s why I want to support the hospital appeal, to give something back and to say thank you.
“Last year I was given the opportunity to sing at the Bandstand during the River Festival and the experience was incredible. I can’t wait to be back.”
The £1million appeal was launched in 2015 with the aim of funding everything from specialist chemotherapy chairs to iPads that do not come as standard in the new £22million Stratford Hospital.
So far the appeal has raised £428,000 and Stratford Town Trust has pledged a further £100,000 in funding as long as the appeal total reaches at least £500,000 by next year.
Helen Munro, chief executive of Stratford Town Trust, said: “The new hospital will be of huge benefit to the community in Stratford, which we are here to support.
“We were delighted to announce our £100,000 pledge earlier this year but are also delighted to provide the Bandstand for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of entertainment, fund-raising for such a worthy cause.”
And Ali Gray, fund-raising manager for the hospital appeal, added: “I am delighted Karl is coming back to Stratford where he has fond memories of starting his career – and so grateful he is choosing to sing in aid of Stratford Hospital Fundraising Appeal.
“I urge the town to bring a picnic and enjoy listening to him on what will be a relaxing Sunday afternoon.”
Building work on the new hospital started in December and the project is due to be finished early 2017.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01926 495321 extension 8049 for further information on how to fund-raise.
Visit www.stratfordhospital.co.uk for more information on the appeal.