Concert to celebrate musical talents of young cancer survivors

Young cancer survivors will showcase their classical music talents in a concert with BBC Young Pianist winner Cordelia Williams and students from the Royal College of Music.

The concert on 1 November, at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, will be the culmination of a week-long residential workshop for young musicians from across the country, organised by CLIC Sargent.

As well as performances from the young people the concert will feature classical piano music performed by Cordelia Williams. She will be accompanied by the CLIC Sargent Orchestra, comprising students from the Royal College of Music and players from the Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra.

The residential workshop will be held at Grittleton House School, near Chippenham, and during the week the group of 16-24-year-olds, who have all been diagnosed and treated for cancer, will be mentored by a range of professional musicians, including Cordelia, to explore classical music and compose their own pieces for the concert.

The workshop and concert have been funded by the Classic FM Foundation, which chose to support CLIC Sargent in its Christmas Appeal last year. Classic FM’s Jane Jones, who presents the Full Works Concert every weekday evening on the station, is compering the concert.

Phil Day, Youth Music Co-ordinator at CLIC Sargent, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the young people to get some expert advice and guidance as well as the chance to perform alongside professional musicians.

“CLIC Sargent supports children and young people throughout their cancer journey and in addition to making music this week will provide a valuable opportunity to relax and make friends and share common experiences.”

Cordelia Williams, who has just launched her first album and is about to embark on an international tour, said: “I feel delighted and inspired to be involved with the workshop and concert and am really looking forward to working with everyone taking part.

“I’m always keen to attract new audiences to classical music and this concert will be a great way to hear different types of performances, as well as supporting CLIC Sargent, which is such a good cause.”

Classic FM’s Jane Jones said: “I was honoured to be asked to present this concert and am looking forward to hearing what the young people come up with during their week-long workshop.

“The Classic FM Foundation funds music education and therapy projects across the UK and the workshop is a great way to use music to help young people improve their skills and increase their confidence.”

The concert is on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Tickets are available in advance from www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk or by calling the Wiltshire Music Centre Box Office on 01225 860100. Tickets are £14 for adults, £5 for students and £1 for children accompanied by a full-paying adult.

If you would like to attend the workshop or concert to interview some of the young people or for more information please contact Phil Day on 07771 712065 or email philip.day@clicsargent.org.uk

For more information about CLIC Sargent contact Helen Thomas on 020 8752 2855 or email hthomas@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

About The Classic FM Foundation
The Classic FM Foundation aims to bring the healing power of music to sick, disabled and vulnerable children all over the UK. The Foundation has funded these music workshops to give talented young survivors of cancer the chance to work with music professionals to improve their musical ability, build friendships and grow their confidence following cancer. The Classic FM Foundation has funded the CLIC Sargent workshop and concert.

Note to sub editors
Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.

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