Devastation as van and recording equipment stolen from charity orchestra

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The People’s Orchestra calls for information after the flight

It has been a “disaster” and a “devastating blow” for the West Bromwich-based People’s Orchestra, which has been named one of the top five amateur orchestras in the country on the BBC’s All Together Now programme.

The white Fiat van contained audio and video recording equipment, percussion instruments, drum kits and stage curtains worth several thousand pounds.

Sarah Marshall, Founder and Chief Executive of The People’s Orchestra, which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021, said: “This is a disaster for our small charity.

“The vehicle and equipment are the result of many years of fundraising and will take a long time to replace.

“This is a devastating blow and if anyone knows of anything please contact the police. Our charity is helping a lot of people through their music, but now we need your help.”

The orchestra, which has helped more than 1,000 unemployed people back to work since 2013, had recorded a new work by award-winning film composer John Koutselinis to celebrate this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Their van was then stolen in Birmingham city center on Sunday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

The white Fiat van – registration number BL66 VNH – has a distinctive tail lift and running board. Thieves stole it from Gough Street, near Trefoil House in Birmingham city centre.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 20/102908/22.


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