Young cancer patients were given acting and performance advice by Poldark star Tom York when he took part in a charity music residential event.
Tom, who stars as Demelza’s brother Sam in the hit BBC One drama, and has also performed in Endeavour and Syfy hit show Olympus, has joined CLIC Sargent as a charity ambassador.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer, and their families.
The charity’s Music Programme residential, held at Stonar School and Wiltshire Music Centre, saw 20 young people at various stages of cancer treatment and recovery coming together to work with a team of music leaders on their performance and song writing skills.
The event is aimed at giving the young people the opportunity to increase their self-confidence, and spend time with young people who understand their own experiences.
Tom joined a number of music and performance mentors who worked with the young people between 7 and 11 August, including musician and former X-Factor star Lucy Spraggan.
Phil Day, Music Coordinator at CLIC Sargent, said: “It was brilliant to see the young people taking advantage of every single opportunity to make music during the workshop, and to see their self-confidence increase dramatically as the week developed.
“The quality of the songwriting and studio recordings was a resounding success and testament to the commitment of the young people and the dedicated team of CLIC Sargent staff and professional music leaders who work across all areas of the music programme.
“Tom was brilliant, he stayed for the whole day and discussed techniques to manage performance anxiety and tips for remembering lines, as well as things like handling auditions and stagecraft. He took the time to chat informally with a lot of the young people and his presence was really worthwhile.”
Tom said: “What a truly exceptional project this is. Not only in terms of its comprehensive approach to care, but to offer these inspirational young people an opportunity to express themselves, be understood by their peers, and really just have fun as a young person again.
“It was my privilege to spend a day with the group.”
CLIC Sargent’s Music Programme is supported by the National Foundation for Youth Music.
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About cancer in children and young people
Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that 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
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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