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Cabbell supports the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s plans to raise the heartbeat of the nation

February 19th, 2015, Posted in: News, No Comments

Cabbell is supporting the Sport and Recreation Alliance and its project to get MPs to raise the heartbeat of the nation through its Ministers’ To-Do List project.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK, has today released its five-step plan to help future Ministers get more people into sport and recreation.

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Raising the heartbeat of the nation – A five-step plan for a more active population, has been published as part of a wider Ministers’ To-Do List project ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Detailed within the publication are five-steps, created in consultation with organisations within the sport and recreation sector that, if implemented, will see the sector and the UK benefit as a result of increased participation and investment.

The five steps, each supported by a range of detailed proposals, are:

  1. Support sport and recreation from grassroots up
  2. Increased investment in teacher training, PE and school sport
  3. Every local authority to produce a strategy for physical activity opportunities for communities
  4. Keep the UK the home of world class sport and sporting events
  5. Create a Minister for the Outdoors to maximise the full potential of the natural environment

On the aims of the Ministers’ To-Do List, Emma Boggis, CEO of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said, “The sport and recreation sector offers so many benefits to the UK as a whole and those benefits extend to the nation’s health, wealth and happiness. We want to see a society where, from the day they learn to walk until the day they take their last steps, people have the confidence, opportunity and motivation to participate in sport and recreation.

“Our Minister’s To-Do List offers, to any future government, a concise, easily understandable programme from those within sport and recreation which, if implemented fully, would remove some of the obstacles that currently stop the sector from realising its full potential.”

For information about the Ministers’ To-Do List and how you can get involved please visit

Inaugural International Opera Awards Supports Aspiring Talent.

June 6th, 2013, Posted in: News, 1,106 Comments

At The Opera Awards this year a grand total of £40, 000 was raised for The Opera Awards Foundation. That was made up of 10% of the total revenue, silent auction takings, raffle and donations.

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Jonas Kaufmann (Above) was presented with not one, but two awards, at the inaugural ceremony of the International Opera Awards. It had been widely anticipated that he would walk away with the Male Singer Award, but he was also the overwhelming favourite of the “Readers’ Award” which was voted on by over 6000 readers of Opera magazine.

Attended by 700 people at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel, these inaugural awards celebrated the diversity of opera as an art form, offering 23 different categories of from Best Conductor, Male Singer, Female Singer and Director, to Lighting, Costume and Set Design, to Philanthropist, Chorus and Lifetime Achievement.

Opera is one of the most dramatic and debated of all the performing arts, often creating immense controversy. So it was surprising that unlike film, drama, literature, music and ballet, there had, until now, been no international awards dedicated solely to opera. It took the business acumen of Harry Hyman to spot this gap in the market and a chance meeting with John Allison, Editor of Opera Magazine, to make it happen.

The aim of Harry Hyman, the opera loving business man who founded the Awards, was to focus the spotlight on opera to a much wider audience, so extending its appeal. He comments: “Not only do we wish to reward success, but part of the funds generated from these Awards will be channeled into at least 10 bursaries to help aspiring talent.”

John Allison, Editor of Opera Magazine, who is the Chair of the distinguished jury, adds: “Very few opera companies are immune to the current financial crunch, and in such a climate it’s tempting to play it safe. That, in turn, can spell artistic poverty. But the Awards are celebrating artistic richness—achieved by the risk-takers of our profession—and I’m delighted that the event highlights so many great performances.”

The world of opera will now be recognized and celebrated through this annual event.

Applications for bursaries will be opening in June 2014, more information can be found at

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