Joanna Lumley to host charity concert at Glyndebourne Opera House

ABSOLUTELY Fabulous actress and charity campaigner Joanna Lumley will host a special concert at Glyndebourne Opera House on April 29.

A wealth of classical talent is coming together for the once-in-a-lifetime performance at the world-famous venue in aid of national children’s charity, Young Epilepsy.

The afternoon concert features exclusive appearances by Glyndebourne’s Festival Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, and General Director, David Pickard, and will present a celebration of words and music from a wonderful 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 prestigious charity gala has been organised by mezzo soprano, Jean Rigby, whose son is a student at Young Epilepsy’s St Piers Further Education College.

She 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. 

“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 minibus.”

The Young Epilepsy Gala Concert will run from 3-5.30pm, including an interval.

Guests will be able to wander the famous Glyndebourne gardens in the interval and experience the history and majesty of the venue.

Ticket prices start at £15, with prices going up to £85. A limited number of Premier Seat Packages are available. You can book online at