Brave singer raises £3,500 to help support young cancer patients

Tristram Cooke, a talented musician from Ilkley, has raised £1,950 for CLIC Sargent by organising and performing in a concert in the town. He has supported the charity in various ways following his own personal experiences with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Brave singer raises £3,500 to help support young cancer patients

The concert of English Music for St Cecilia’s Day took place on 22 November 2014 at St Margaret’s church, and featured Tristram, who is a counter-tenor, with Victoria Mulley, his brother Tom and accompanist Christopher Rathbone, the Director of Music at St Margarets' Church.

The concert, which featured vocal music from Dowland to Tippett, played to a large and appreciative audience, and received an excellent review in the local press. All musicians donated their services free of charge and a number of local businesses also contributed in sponsorship to the event, helping to achieve the fantastic total.

Tristram has had a busy eighteen months of fundraising for the charity and has now raised over £3,500 from this event, sales of a CD he recorded last year, and the Six Peaks hiking challenge in 2014. This is all the more remarkable as he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2013, as a second year undergraduate studying music at King's College London, and continued his studies throughout treatment.

He graduated in the summer and gained a postgraduate scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, also achieving an outstanding 87% in his violin diploma; an exam that had to be postponed last year because of his cancer treatment.

Tristram first got involved with CLIC Sargent via its national music programme which helps 16-24-year-olds with or recovering from cancer, to get their lives back after the usual period of three years of cancer treatment.

During this time, they miss out on things their peers are doing and that extends to music so the programme works with professional musician mentors to help them gain confidence and self esteem with concerts, festival trips and opportunities at residential music workshops where they can meet other young people with similar interests and experiences.

The programme also supports budding musicians and songwriters who write about their experiences of having cancer, provide performance opportunities, help to record and release their songs and generally to develop their career and understanding of the music industry.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Stephen Jackett said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Tristram has made this wonderful contribution. We really appreciate the hard work and generosity that has gone in to raising the pounds – every penny raised will help provide vital support for children and young people with cancer, and their families.”

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To find out how you can help raise money for CLIC Sargent, please contact Stephen Jackett on 0113 288 3223 or email: