The Wigmore Hall will be the venue for Bohemian Notes, a special fundraising evening on July 23 2017, raising vital funds for leading charity Parkinson’s UK.
Internationally renowned classical musicians, Tai Murray (violin), Elena Urioste (violin), Jennifer Stumm (viola), Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Tom Poster (piano) will be playing a programme of chamber music with an Eastern European flavour.
The evening is the inspiration of Parkinson’s UK supporter, Louise Kaye, whose husband David, 62, has lived with Parkinson’s for twelve years. Louise, from Chiswick, is an accomplished artist and the Kayes’ interests include helping young professional musicians with the loan of fine instruments. In return, the musicians happily agree to perform periodically to raise funds for Louise and David’s chosen charity.
In 2013, Louise Kaye arranged her first Concert for Parkinson’s and raised £14,000, which was put towards the cost of providing specialist Parkinson’s nurses. Then in 2015, she organised a second concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, which raised £60,000 towards groundbreaking research into finding a cure.
‘Music can be found at the heart of every culture. There is plenty of research to show that music helps people in many ways. It can be a source of calm, or stimulation as needed. Making music together, for example, in a choir, orchestra or band really bonds people, musicians and audience alike.
‘We know that people living with conditions like dementia can remember tunes and the words to songs they knew when they were well. We cannot live without music in all its many and varied forms.
‘Making Bohemian Notes a sell-out concert would be wonderful, as money raised will support many more people like my husband David living with Parkinson’s.’
The Bohemian Notes programme includes: Leoš Janácek – Na památku, Béla Bartók – Duos for violin and viola, Alexander Borodin – String Trio in G minor, Josef Suk – Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1 and Antonín Dvorák – Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81.
Tickets, which start at £15, are available from the Wigmore Hall Box Office on 0207 935 2141 or online at www.wigmore-hall.org.uk.
For advice, information and support about Parkinson’s, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call a free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.