A charity concert is to be held at Kidsgrove Victoria Hall to raise money for research into an inherited disease of the eye, that can cause progressive blindness. Dimitri, the 1 year old son of operatic singer Denise (Leigh) and accordionist Stefan Andrusyschyn, both blind,has inherited the gene that can cause this disease and if there is no cure by the time Dimitri is in his teens, he may start to lose his sight.
The concert will feature:
- Denise (Leigh) and husband Stefan Andrusyschyn. In 2001 Denise was winner of the TV reality show, ‘Operatunity’, and since then has become an internationally renowned singer having sung at the Beijing Paralympics, the London Paralympics closing ceremony and for royalty at St James’s Palace. Stefan is a popular musician who plays piano and accordion, both solo and as accompanist to Denise and others.
- The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir. Based in Cheadle, this choir has a reputation for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and for providing a varied and regularly updated repertoire. The Choir is as likely to re-create the music of Matt Munro, The Hollies, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Westlife and Les Miserables as it is to sing opera, spirituals or a love song in Maori or Welsh.
- The North Staffs Accordion Band. The band is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and it plays throughout North Staffordshire and East Cheshire. Their new musical director has introduced several newpieces and the band was delighted with a high placing at the 2014 Newcastle Festival for Music, Speech and Drama.
- Phil Eardley will be “master of ceremonies”. Phil is a graduate of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters and is a member of the Magic Circle.
Kidsgrove Town Hall is situated on the main A50, just above the central Kidsgrove traffic lights, and the parking area is behind the building. The bar will be open from 7 p.m. on the night.
Tickets, at £5, are available from Steve Hughes 01782 787935 (or text 07939362294)
RP stands for Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease of the retina that results in the progressive loss of sight and blindness and in the UK it is estimated that some 25,000 families are affected. Currently there is no available cure or treatment.
All the money that we generate from the concert will be donated to ‘RP Fighting Blindness’ – registered charity number 271729 – who fund research into a cure for this disease.
The charitywas founded in 1975 by Lynda Cantor MBE, following her own diagnosis of RP. She was concerned with the lack of knowledge about the disease in the medical profession as well as the limited support for patients. This charity is entirely funded by voluntary donations and it supports seven research projects.