Sound & Vision is an annual event held at Abbey Road Studios, which involves some wonderful musicians performing throughout the evening alongside an auction that members of the audience can participate in. All of the money raised by the auction and ticket sales are donated to Cancer Research UK, with last year’s total being a staggering £280,000. This year the event was bigger than ever, with the evening being opened by up-and-coming artist Liam Bailey, who has recently had success as the vocalist on Chase & Status’ single Blind Faith. Bob Harris, as a patron of the event alongside Sir George Martin, co-hosted the evening with Nicky Campbell and Al Murray.
As the evening went on the audience could walk around the studios and bid on the items in the silent auctionwhich were displayed round the room, including an amazing mosaic of Jimi Hendrix made entirely out of guitar picks, and numerous wonderful images including the likes of The Beatles, Take That and David Bowie. Bob then introduced the next act onto stage, The Feeling, who played a knockout set before, later in the evening, Tom Jones was introduced onto the stage. After Tom’s wonderful set had come to an end, the live auction began with Al Murray being the auctioneer!
Some of the lots in the auction included tickets to a gig of your choice every month for a year, a Fender guitar signed by Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh and ZZ Top, and even getting to spend the day with Bob & the WBBC team at a recording of an Old Grey Whistle Test radio show! The evening raised an incredible £340,000, a fantastic achievement and a huge aid in helping to find the cure for cancer. A truly amazing and memorable night for all.
Visit the official Sound & Vision page here