Mark your calendar – this year’s benefit concert for the Mulanje Mission Hospital will be on Friday 17th November 2017.
In addition to our monthly support, we hold a yearly benefit concert to raise funds for a specific project to improve conditions at the hospital. We’ve raised funds for the renovation of the Children’s ward, modernisation of the Labour ward, improvements to the Men’s ward, installing solar panels, improving water supply and sanitation, improving the antenatal ward and improving the laboratory services.
This years benefit concert will raise funds to be used for the development of a 4 bedded High Dependency Unit for surgical and other critically sick patients.
Benefit tickets are € 25 and will soon be on sale (online & manual).
Charlotte Haesen, born in Amsterdam in 1987 and raised in the French-speaking part of Belgium, studied jazz singing at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon she sang French chansons at Amsterdam’s Noordermarkt, where she was discovered by viola player Odile Torenbeek.
Odile and Charlotte decided to put together a chanson programme anchored in a string quartet ensemble. Leading arrangers such as Paul Prenen and Wijnand van Klaveren then ‘arrayed’ the chansons around Charlotte’s own particular sound.
The next step was the founding of Café des Chansons: Charlotte Haesen plus four musicians from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
They perform gems of the repertoire, including the great French classics by figures such as Barbara, Gainsbourg and Piaf.