Young Epilepsy Gala Concert, Glyndebourne Opera House, April 29.
A WEALTH of classical talent is coming together for a concert at Glyndebourne Opera House in aid of national children’s charity, Young Epilepsy.
The body is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to children and young people living with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
The concert is being hosted by Absolutely Fabulous actress and charity campaigner Joanna Lumley. The afternoon concert features appearances by Glyndebourne’s Festival music director, Vladimir Jurowski and general director David Pickard.
It will present a celebration of words and music from a cast of international stars of opera, stage and screen, including Ian Bostridge, Jason Carr, Sarah Connolly, Danielle de Niese, Gerald Finley Dame Felicity Lott, Diana Montague, Paul Nilon, Jean Rigby, Brindley Sherratt and Timothy West.
The charity gala has been organised by mezzo soprano, Jean Rigby, whose son is a student at Young Epilepsy’s St Piers Further Education College.
Jean said: “Our son Ollie has severe epilepsy and is a residential student at Young Epilepsy. He is now in his fifth year and is very well looked after, contented and happy: learning to cope with the challenges he faces now and in the future. I feel so indebted for all Young Epilepsy has done for him and this concert is my way of giving something back.” Lisa Farmer, director of fundraising, said: “Everyone at Young Epilepsy is absolutely delighted that Glyndebourne is hosting this concert in our honour. We are especially grateful to Jean Rigby for her unwavering support and to the wealth of sensational talent that will be starring in the event.
“Epilepsy effects over 112,000 children and young people under the age of 25 and is the most common neurological condition in the UK. Despite this, it’s still relatively unknown and has little awareness. All monies raised through the concert will be used to provide life-changing support through our information service, special school, college, medical centre and residential homes and will also go towards the purchase of a new school mini bus.”
The Young Epilepsy Gala Concert will run from 3pm to 5.30pm, including an interval. Guests will be able to wander the famous Glyndebourne gardens in the interval and experience the history and majesty of Glyndebourne. Glyndebourne’s gardens will be open to visitors from 1pm.