OXFORD’S Town Hall will ring out to the sound of the Welsh valleys at a concert in aid of British troops.

The world-renowned Morriston Orpheus Choir, from Swansea, will headline a charity concert to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Oxford branch of the charity Cruse Bereavement Care.

They will be joined at the fundraising event by international opera stars Rebecca Evans and Adriano Graziani.

The night has been organised by Oxford grandfather Nigel Jones after he was moved by the emotional stories of returning soldiers.

Mr Jones, 63, from Boars Hill, was in Cardiff when The Royal Welsh returned from Afghanistan last year.

He heard a commanding officer talk about his soldiers who had lost their lives or been injured.

Mr Jones said: “The leading officer gave a eulogy for each man who had been killed.

“It really did get me going and I wanted to do something for them.”

He added: “I also saw a documentary on Headley Court, the army rehabilitation centre, and it shocked me to my core. These people don’t get enough support and that’s what inspired me.

“They need our help when they get home.”

Mr Jones hopes to raise more than £10,000 through ticket sales and sponsorship for the concert, which will be held on Saturday, July 10.

The cash raised will be split between Help for Heroes and the local branch of Cruse Bereavement Care, based in New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, where Mr Jones’s wife works as a volunteer councillor.

He added: “These are two of the finest charities.

“There is not a penny of profit in it so we can raise as much money as possible for the charities.”

Mr Jones started planning the event nine months ago, helped by his daughter-in-law Katie Jones, and said it promised to be a night to remember.

“It will be fantastic,” said Mr Jones.

“Anybody who has heard Orpheus will know they are outstanding.”

The concert is also being promoted by volunteers from the Oxfordshire Welsh Society.

For tickets and sponsorship information email jones.oxford @btinternet.com or visit oxfordplayhouse.com