Musicians will perform a charity concert in the hope of raising £10,000 for a children’s cerebral palsy charity in East Finchley.
The Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concert will take place at Wigmore Hall in Marylebone on March 4, in aid of The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy in East End Road.
The Duchess of Gloucester, who is the charity’s patron, will attend the event where musicians Gemma Rosefield, Benjamin Nabarro, and Tim Horton will entertain the audience with pieces by Haydn, Arensky and Dvořák.
The Leonore Piano Trio decided to take part in the concert after Gemma visited the Bobath Centre where she saw the difference therapy makes to the lives of disabled children and, as a musician, felt an “affinity” with the centre’s therapists.
She said: “We are both highly trained and aspire to excellence. Each performance like each child presents a unique opportunity. We both have to come fresh to the experience in order to connect and communicate.”
Now in its 19th year, the concert celebrates the life and legacy of cellist Jacqueline du Pré who was forced to give up performing at the age of 28 due to multiple sclerosis. She died in 1987.