Forte Fingers present a JOLI Concert

Thursday 04 July 2019

On Saturday 6 July, students of Forte Fingers Piano School will be putting on a concert at St John’s Church, Henley in Arden. Amy Bailitis, owner of the Henley in Arden based school and Jess Bahlmann, will be putting on the musical celebration in memory of Judith Bailitis, mum to Amy and Oli Bahlmann, former music pupil and Jess’ son. The concert runs from 4pm to 6pm with a BBQ in the gardens afterwards, where we will be joined by the Cheswick Green Ukulele Orchestra.

Amy and Jess will be raising funds for The Shakespeare Hospice. The Hospice team helped Jess and her family with bereavement counselling following the loss of her son, Oli. Amy’s mum, Judith who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was cared for in the last days of her life at her home by the Shakespeare Hospice’s Hospice at Home team.

Amy said;

“The Hospice at Home team were a wonderful support to both dad and I through mum’s illness. They knew exactly what to do to help us and were fantastic with mum, putting her at ease.

“As a thank you for all the work they do, we are celebrating them, and the lives of Judith and Oli through a music concert. Come along and support us!”

This is the second year that Amy and Jess have put on a free concert in memory of their loved ones, having raised over £2000 for The Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Pancreatic Cancer Action last year.

Students from Forte Fingers also put on a performance at The Shakespeare Hospice’s May Spring Fayre.

Jess Bahlmann who was also taught piano by Amy alongside her son Oli said,

"The Shakespeare Hospice were so supportive to my family after we lost Oli. Following the success of last year’s concert, we really wanted to do something else to raise awareness of their fantastic Adult Bereavement Counselling Service there, which we felt more people should know about.

We are really looking forward to all the performances and we would love families to come along to support us! We have a barbeque as well as a raffle with some great prizes!”

Although the concert is free, Amy and Jess are encouraging people to secure the concert tickets ahead of the day by emailing to assist with planning and catering.

You can donate to Jess and Amy’s JustGiving page by visiting here:

To find out more about the Counselling Service at The Shakespeare Hospice, visit


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