¬ BACCES GIVES HOPE AT GREAT ORMOND STREET
23rd October, 2013, BACCES presented a cheque for £400 from
monies raised from their 2012 pantomime production, "Aladdin",
to Mr. Tom Walker (Honorary SpR in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery)
of P.A.G.E.S. (Philippines America Group of Educators and
Surgeons) within Operation H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Excel) at
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
Operation H.O.P.E. was founded in 1988 by DR. J.P. Clawson, and
has treated more than 3,000 children with congenital birth
defects and other facial deformities such as cleft lips and
palates for free. It provides life-changing surgical care,
healthcare, and medical training programs in under-developed
areas of the world. A collaboration of medical and non-medical
volunteers was established through private and corporate
P.A.G.E.S. anaesthesiologist, Dr. Mark Catolico (Senior
Registrar in Anaesthesia & Neonatal & Paediatric Care), who has
been involved since 2007, explained," Each corrective procedure
takes between 35 and 45 minutes to complete, depending on its
complexity. We average in the region of 200 hundred corrective
surgeries per mission."
As Operation H.O.P.E. grew, so other sub-groups within the
foundation were formed to target specific countries around the
world. P.A.G.E.S. was subsequently established in the
Philippines specifically to identify a permanent warehouse to
store donated supplies and equipment; to conduct medical and
surgical missions, and to expand them throughout the year; to
serve as the first point of contact in case of a nationwide
catastrophic emergency or natural disasters; for the immediate
delivery of needed emergency supplies; and to assist other
humanitarian efforts and assignments.
Dr.Tom Walker became involved with Operation H.O.P.E. in 2005
following the example set by his peer, Mr. Peter Ayliffe
(Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon), who joined the
charity in 1997 and has been involved in similar projects in
India, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Mr. Walker added,"We are very
grateful to BACCES for this donation. It is through the
generosity and continued support of groups such as yours that
Operation H.O.P.E. and P.A.G.E.S. can continue their global work
BACCES is currently preparing for its 2013 pantomime production
of "Dick Whittington", which will run from 3rd to 8th December,
2013, at The Beck Theatre, Hayes. Tickets are on sale now.
(from left to right): Steve Adderley, Mr.
Tom Walker, Mr. Peter Ayliffe, Dr. Mark Catolico, Victor
Texeira, David Bowditch, Mike Smith.
¬ LSO STRIKES CHORD WITH BACCES
1983, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) embarked on a
four-and-a-half week round-the-world tour with British Airways.
It was the last commercial flight of a BA Boeing 707 aircraft.
It also represented the beginning of a longstanding relationship
between the orchestra and the British Airways Cabin Crew
Entertainment Society (BACCES).
The tour took the musicians to the USA, Australia, Japan, Hong
Kong, Thailand, and Malaysia. During this time, two flight and
cabin crews - each doing half the tour - cared for the LSO
members on board. This added great continuity for the musicians
and crew alike as the 707 became 'home' to the orchestra.
Needless to say, great friendships were forged during this time.
Lucinda Young, who still works for the airline, albeit as an
'Auntie' chaperoning unaccompanied children through the airport
processes, was on the second crew and freely admits it was the
trip of a lifetime. "Spending two weeks with such brilliant
musicians was not just educational but huge fun too. The front
of the aircraft held a mound of musical instruments in their
cases where the First Class cabin is usually found. It didn't
take long to find out who sat where and who drank what!" she
Following the 1983 tour, many friendships continued between LSO
members and BA colleagues. At the time, the late Maurice Murphy
MBE was the LSO's Principal Trumpet and a soloist on the
classical scene. He was also the star player of many film scores
written by John Williams (including Star Wars, Raiders of the
Lost Arc, and Harry Potter). When Maurice learnt about BACCES,
of which Lucinda was and is a member, and their annual
pantomime, he decided to put together a small group of musicians
consisting of a double bass and brass players to record the
backing tracks for their show.
Since then, the LSO has been generously offering its musical
expertise and an afternoon of its time every year to record many
backing tracks for BACCES' forthcoming shows. Up to forty
musicians work their magic on arrangements by and under the
watchful eye of Bobbie Field, BACCES' very own MD. "BACCES would
simply not be in a position to pay for such sessions. They are
offered through friendship and a genuine desire to 'give back',
as the members of "Murphy's Band" will tell you," adds Lucinda.
From its conception in 1971, BACCES has donated more than £1
million to a wide variety of local and national charities. It is
currently rehearsing for its upcoming panto', "Dick
Whittington", which will run from 3rd-8th December 2013 at The
Beck Theatre, Hayes.
Some thirty years on, and the spirit of the trip of a lifetime
continues. Lucinda and six LSO members who were on the world
tour celebrated with a specially commissioned cake at this
year's BACCES recordings with the LSO at Angel Studios, London.
¬ INTRODUCING OUR 2013 PRODUCTION:
there never a Fairy around when you need one?” asks Dick
Whittington as the night draws in on his first night in London.
Well, fortunately for Dick, Fairy Bowbells is on hand to help
Dick in his search for a fortune. She is instrumental in
introducing Dick to Alderman Fitzwarrwen, who takes him in for
the night, much to the dismay of his cook, Sarah. However, Dick
also meets the Alderman’s daughter, Alice…and love starts to
But (being Panto, it’s a nasty ‘but’) King Rat has Dick in his
sights and tries to get him into trouble by stealing Alice’s
precious necklace, and hiding it in Dicks room. Meanwhile, Dick
makes a new friend. A rat catching cat, who just happens to be
in the area…thanks to Fairy Bowbells!
The following morning, only Alice believes in Dicks’ innocence
when the hopeless Inspector Cleudo finds the hidden necklace and
points the finger, very firmly, at Dick.
Encouraged by Alice, Dick and his cat make a run for it, but
soon realises that running away from his accusers is not the
answer, so he decides to return.
Knowing Alderman Fitzwarren is due to set sail for Morocco that
afternoon, Dick heads for London Docks, where he finds the final
preparations being made for the journey. He finds Alice who’s
not so sure everyone is ready to listen to his story, so the two
of them hide on board the ship as it sets sail on its long haul
Unfortunately, King Rat and a few of his mates have also stowed
away on the ship.
All seems to be going swimmingly for the jolly Captain Codpiece
and his crew, until King Rat decides to summon up a storm and
sink the ship, in an attempt to drown Dick and everyone on
Needless to say, it wouldn’t be Panto if everyone didn’t
survive, so, as if nothings happened, Alderman Fitzwarren
manages to keep his appointment with the Sultan of Morocco and
his wife, who appear to be having a bit of a rat problem in the
Thankfully, Dick and his rat catching cat are on hand to help
rid the Palace of the pests, much to the delight of the Sultan,
BUT….King Rat’s not finished yet!
So how will Dick be rewarded? What happens to King Rat? Where
will Alderman Fitzwarren find enough crew to get back to London
on the Sultans new Deam Crusie Liner? Will Dick get his girl?
To find out, you’ll just have to come along and join Dick and
his cat on their adventure, along with Alice, Alderman
Fizwarren, Sarah the Cook and many other characters, and they
sing, dance and over act their way through a colourful evening
of entertainment for all the family.
¬ WHAT IS BACCES?
BACCES is a
non-profit charitable organisation which was originally
set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA)
stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York
House in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It
was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out
nights at Chiswick Town Hall. The national press
of this venture and prompted "Jak" of the Evening
Standard to publish a cartoon lampooning the efforts of
BA cabin crew. Since
that time the company have been producing reviews and,
more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid
of national and local charities. The company writes,
directs and produces the whole show with very little
help from outside sources.
In 2008 BACCES won the Flame Award
for Inspirational Excellence in Theatre from the
National Operatic and Dramatic Association for their
2007 production of Cinderella.