Cello concert hits the right note for Brain Tumour Research

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A fundraising concert is taking place to help scientists searching for a brain tumour cure.

The ‘From Bach to the Beatles’ cello concert is sure to reach fever pitch as musicians perform a selection of pieces, ranging from Bach Chorales to one of the most famous Beatles hits, at St Mary’s Church in Upton Grey, Basingstoke.

Nine musicians from the Benslow Cello Ensemble will perform at the event on Sunday 14th October. The musicians have practiced their pieces as part of an Autumn workshop with Benslow Music, based in Hitchin.

Group leader Sean Turpin has arranged a number of pieces by composers including Purcell, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, and the evening will culminate in a performance of Lennon and McCartney’s ‘Let it Be’. The noteworthy event will also feature special guest Nicola Hooke, an accomplished singer and flautist, who has performed internationally with the Adoramus choir.

The money raised will help the Brain Tumour Research charity towards its mission of funding dedicated Research Centres of Excellence in the UK and campaigning for the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally.

Among the musicians is Stephen Painter, a Trustee at Brain Tumour Research, who said: “For the second year, the cellists have agreed to meet for a workshop and to perform a concert at the end of it. They are delighted that their request to play at St Mary’s Church has been accepted by the rector and the church wardens.

“Entry is free but, as befits the occasion, the concert will be in support of Brain Tumour Research, as well as the church.

“Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.”

Tim Green, Senior Community Fundraising Manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer and we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue. We are extremely grateful to all those involved in the concert and the money raised on the night will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research.”

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Annie Slinn at Brain Tumour Research on 01908 867239 or 07591 206545 or annie.slinn@braintumourresearch.org.


Notes to Editors

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours, and we are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer.

We are building a network of experts in sustainable research at dedicated Centres of Excellence whilst influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally.

We welcome recent funding announcements for research into brain tumours from the UK Government and Cancer Research UK – £65 million pledged over the next five years. However, this potential funding of £13 million a year comes with a catch – money will only be granted to quality research proposals and, due to the historic lack of investment, there may not be enough of these applications that qualify for grants from this pot.

We want research funding parity with breast cancer and leukaemia. We are calling for a £30-35 million investment every year for research into brain tumours in order to fund the basic research groundwork needed to accelerate the translation from laboratory discoveries into clinical trials and fast-track new therapies for this devastating disease.

The Brain Tumour Research charity is a powerful campaigning organisation and represents the voice of the brain tumour community across the UK. We helped establish and provide the ongoing Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Brain Tumours (APPGBT). We are supporting the crucial APPGBT 2018 Inquiry into the economic and social impacts of brain tumours and will publish their report in the autumn. We are also a key influencer in the development strategy for the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission. 

Key statistics on brain tumours:

  • Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age
  • Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
  • Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours
  • In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia
  • Brain tumours kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer
  • Brain tumours kill more women under 35 than breast cancer
  • Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers

Please quote Brain Tumour Research as the source when using this information. Additional facts and statistics are available from our website. We can also provide case studies and research expertise for the media.

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