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Limelight Orchestra is ‘Grateful’ for Heroes

A new show celebrating local heroes is coming to Nottingham’s Albert Hall featuring songs from West End and Broadway musicals performed by the renowned Limelight Orchestra and military veterans from the Help for Heroes Choir.

Two ‘Grateful’ shows on Saturday, April 29, will involve hits from Hamilton, Les Miserables, Matilda, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Dear Evan Hansen and many more.

There will be 14 vocalists, a 30-piece orchestra and choir taking to the stage for two performances at 3.30pm and 7.30pm at the Albert Hall, with proceeds going to Help for Heroes.

Cat Orton, Creative Director at Limelight Orchestra, said:

“The idea for ‘Grateful’ came out of the pandemic, we wanted to give something back to those we are thankful for in our local communities. Everyone’s heroes are different, and we wanted our concert to reflect that, so we’ve aimed to include something for everyone whether it’s a song about a superhero or a loved one that inspires them. We want people to leave feeling uplifted and grateful for the many heroes in their lives.”

The Limelight Orchestra, based in the East Midlands, are renowned for their sensational music performances with past shows including the music of James Bond, Platinum Jubilee Proms, an ‘Interstellar’ space themed event at Lincoln Cathedral and a classical retrospective of Ibiza house music dance anthems.

Paul Murphy, Musical Director at Limelight Orchestra, said:

“We aim to bring epic live music and unforgettable experience, we want the audience to step into our world and feel immersed by it. It feels right to do this concert now, it’s something that I really wanted to do coming out of Covid and it felt right to support Help for Heroes.”

Help for Heroes champions the Armed Forces community and helps them live well after service, it supports them, and their families, to recover and get on with their lives.

The charity’s celebrated Choir, which has performed at venues including Salisbury Cathedral, Abbey Road Studios and 10 Downing Street, will be making a guest appearance at the ‘Grateful’ concert.

They will be joining the orchestra on stage to sing ‘You Will be Found’ from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which is based on a young man who struggles with social anxiety and loneliness.

Caroline Rawlins, Help for Heroes’ Choir Lead, added:

“We chose this song as the lyrics resonate deeply with our choir. Help for Heroes is all about championing the Armed Forces community and helps people live well after service. When they join as members, they find that they are not alone and that there is support our there from a community of like-minded individuals. The Choir helps reduce loneliness, improves confidence and gives members a sense of purpose as they share experiences and build friendships.”

To buy tickets for the ‘Grateful’ concert on Saturday, April 29, at Albert Hall, Nottingham (performances at 3.30pm and 7.30pm) search

To get support from Help for Heroes visit

Posted on 09 March 2023

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