Memorial concert will honour life of Sir Richard Knowles
A memorial concert has been organised as a tribute to one of Birmingham Council’s most celebrated leaders, who died last year.
Sir Richard Knowles was the Labour leader from 1984 to 1993 and was credited with transforming the city into a successful, modern community.
A major achievement was his involvement with the construction of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the ICC complex.
Sir Richard died of bladder cancer, aged 90. His wife Anne is holding the fundraising event in aid of St Mary’s Hospice which provided her late husband with “so much medical and tender loving care at the end of his life”.
Lady Knowles said: ”The proceeds of the concert will help staff at the hospice to continue to care for others.”
The concert will feature performances by one of Sir Richard’s favourite groups, the Canoldir Choir, and a recital by organist Colin Kinton.
He was also a devout churchgoer and worshipped at St Michael’s Church for 30 years.
In preparing the evening, Lady Knowles said she was reminded of the description of Sir Richard’s funeral as “powerful, reflecting his faith, his politics and his sense of fun”.
“This concert will reflect all these elements of his life.”
Guests will include Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Coun Chauhdry Rashid, and the event will be compered by radio presenter Ed Doolan, patron of St Mary’s Hospice.
The memorial concert will be held at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, in Bartley Green, on Saturday, April 4, at 7pm.
To book tickets call Jo Proudler on 0121 472 1191 or email email@example.com.