About Us

At Gig Caritas we work hard to give you great entertainment, by bringing together a diverse range of local arts and talents to support and build community spirit in the region. We've done this since 2011 to raise vital funds for local charities and causes who provide much needed services but who may not have the resources to fundraise for themselves.

The Company

Gig Caritas

We stage multiple events each year, covering large-scale orchestral and choral productions, and smaller performances including cabarets.

All our performers give their time for no fee, sufficient in the knowledge that they are helping other people whilst having a good time themselves!

Many of our concerts feature performances from highly respected professional musicians:

  • Our classical concerts feature a wide range of works by the most popular composers throughout the ages, with focus on symphonic masterpieces.
  • Our repertoire includes major choral works, together with highlights from many of the most popular vocal pieces.
  • Our “songs from the shows” concerts include the best from the West End and Broadway, and are another of the many highlights that our audiences enjoy.
  • Our varied repertoire incorporates multiple formats including drama, multimedia, and small scale productions.

The Chair

Keith Horsfall

Keith Horsfall’s background is as a musician and teacher, having gained an honours music degree and cello performer’s diploma whilst at Huddersfield University plus a post-graduate teaching certificate awarded by the University of Leeds. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1999 and is a former trustee and regional chair.

He has been involved in arts education for over forty years both as a teacher and as a senior manager and is a member of Dudley Music Hub.

As a conductor he has worked with not only with youth orchestras and choirs but also with several amateur and semi-professional groups, and has worked with such eminent performers as Robert Cohen, Barry Griffiths, Mike Davis and Brian Kay

With the various youth orchestras, bands and choirs he has directed, Keith has extensive international touring experience. He has been the director of several major festivals and was Artistic Director for visit of the Queen to Dudley in 1994. He has also led workshops in North America and was the keynote speaker at the Australian Music Educators National Conference in Canberra in 2005.

A trustee and chair of several community organisations, Keith was awarded the 2017 Gordon Lindsay Award for Outstanding Commitment to Volunteering in the Dudley Borough.

He has been closely associated with several national music organisations, including Music for Youth and as an executive committee member on the Music Education Council. A director of Young Orchestras CIC, he was Course Director of the European Youth Music Week from 2003 – 2021 and is the co-ordinator of European Youth Music Refugee Choir.

He is a presenter and chair of Black Country Radio.