Warner corner 10 | WarnerTimes WARNER CORNER MACMILLAN UPDATE Over the next three years, we’re aiming to raise £500,000. This amount could fund 25,000 hours of care from health professionals, supporting 1,510 people affected by cancer. We have had a fantastic first year of fundraising thanks to our wonderful guests and team. Together, we have raised £275,120. Your funds could provide • Almost 2,000 x £140 Macmillan Grants that will make a significant contribution to the cost of a person’s travel to hospital for cancer treatment • Over 1,300 days of a Macmillan Nurse at £207 per day • 1,375 days x £200 running a small Macmillan information and support centre Warner Leisure Hotels and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to fund a range of help and advice for people affected by cancer. For help, information or if you just want to chat, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk We’d love you to help us get further to our £500,000 fundraising target. There are lots of ways you can get involved – from attending a coffee morning to taking part in a sponsored walk. Look out for Macmillan events happening across Warner Leisure Hotels. Thank you to all our guests that have donated at a Warner Leisure Hotel, your support means we can help someone living with cancer and their family – both now and in the future. s soon as you meet White Magic – David, Simon, Pete (deputising for regular bass player Neil) and Claire – you’ll find it hard to miss the glint in their eyes as they talk about their love for music and the buzz of a live performance. Despite forging different careers in their grown-up years (Neil, on a night off when we visited, is senior partner in a local law firm) and pursuing varied interests such as golf and horse riding, they’ve all been involved in show business in some shape or form since a tender age. David began piano lessons when he was just five, for instance, while Claire used to put on family Christmas shows after receiving a keyboard and microphone aged three. MEET THE BAND White Magic has been your resident band at Corton for an impressive 28 years now. We recently chatted to the band to find out their musical influences, how they got started and how they keep today’s audiences singing and dancing despite widening musical tastes. Since 1989, the band has been putting on foot-stomping performances at Corton, year in year out, in the process becoming part of the property’s furniture. It’s clear that they’re naturals at this and love being the centre of attention as they command the stage. Claire, who now has 25 dresses backstage and another 45 to 50 back home, puts the good vibes down to the intimate nature of Corton itself. “It’s a very warm atmosphere here and the way the room’s set up is inviting with the stage so close to the tables. It’s almost like doing a gig in your living room.” She explains: “You can’t interact with a sea of darkness. Here, though, it’s almost as if I’m one of the guests. When they’re dancing I’m so close I can smile at them and almost touch them.” Their job, they say, is to ensure people enjoy themselves. They cite Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Hank Marvin and The Everly Brothers as their muses, but are just as happy performing standards that go back 40-odd years through to 60s music and right up-to-date stuff from Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars. Pop music, no matter which era, is almost always on their playlist and rock ‘n’ roll numbers and party crowd-pleasers such as ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘YMCA’, and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ invariably feature. It’s not just music that’s changed over the years – dance styles have too, it’s why they often start the evening with a rumba or quickstep, albeit to a modern tune. More than anything, they have the expertise to adapt to different types of breaks. For Late and Lively weekends, there’s more of a party set going on, whilst at other times, audiences might just want to listen. One thing on which they all agree is that there’s a lot to be said for live music, and as they told us “there’s still a big place for it in people’s hearts and the beauty is that we never do the same song two nights running.” Now, isn’t that the kind of magic we all like to hear? Claire – Vocalist Pete – Bassist Simon – Drummer David – Keyboards A “It’s almost like doing a gig in your living room” 0333 202 0304 Calls (including calls from any type of line including mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone) cost no more than calls to (01 or 02) geographic numbers.