Brian Elias Focus Day – Wigmore Hall

Brian Elias Focus Day – Wigmore Hall

Kathryn Rudge Wigmore Hall

Brian Elias Focus Day Concerts at Wigmore Hall

Concerts at Wigmore Hall on Saturday 24th April 2021 were dedicated to composer Brian Elias. I sang his unaccompanied ‘Green Glen Songs’ and ‘Three Songs (Christina Rossetti)’ for alto and harp with wonderful Olivia Jageurs in Part 2 of the Focus Day. It was great to work with Brian, he gave us generous support and insight into his work.

Meet Me in the Green Glen (2009) for solo voice

Meet Me In The Green Glen
Song
Now Is Past
Love’s Pain
Hesperus 

“The first of these songs for solo voice to poems by John Clare was written for the NMC Songbook, a CD collection of songs by a variety of British composers, which was released in April 2009. I wrote the remaining songs in March and April 2009, as I had always intended to make a group of songs to these poems.

The songs may be performed individually or as a set and by any voice. They may also be transposed as desired by the singer. When more than one song is performed the transposition should be by the same degree throughout. ”  Brian Elias

 

Three Songs (Christina Rossetti) (2003) for alto and harp.

?”These three poems were written by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) several years apart, yet seem to express similar emotions and concerns. The first was written in 1853 when she was twenty-three, the second when she was in her late thirties and the third, written towards the end of her life, may be the last poem she ever wrote. 

I have wanted to write a work for voice and harp for some time and found the dark and secret world of these poems ideally suited to this sonority.” Brian Elias

Both concerts are available to watch online for 30 days. https://youtu.be/7pMrQkTIkp8

“The programmes were curated by Elias himself and represented a retrospective of his smaller chamber oeuvre from early works written in the 70s’ and 80s’ to those written in the last two decades. Paired with Elias’ music were works by the three composers who have been a significant influence: his teacher and mentor Elisabeth Lutyens; Maurice Ravel, who Elias credits with teaching him ‘everything he knows’ about instrumentation; and Claude Debussy, a constant beacon of inspiration.”

Lots of incredible artists involved..
Olivia Jageurs harp
Rob Burton alto saxophone
Daniel Lebhardt piano
Gabriele Strata piano
Thomas Hancox flute
Jon Carnac clarinet
Adrian Spillett percussion
Castalian String Quartet
Sini Simonen violin
Daniel Roberts violin
Charlotte Bonneton viola
Christopher Graves cello
Thomas Kemp conductor

If you watch the concert, please consider donating to Wigmore Hall so that they can continue to support musicians and bring you music live from the Hall.

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – Fairy Appeal 2020

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – Fairy Appeal 2020

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity Appeal 2020

“1 in 2 of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, and when Kathryn Rudge’s Dad was diagnosed in 2005, her and her family’s world was turned upside down. Now a Clatterbridge Patron, Kathryn tells us what it was like to experience the care and support Clatterbridge provided, whilst touring as a professional Opera Singer. Kathryn’s Dad passed away in 2014, and just four years later Kathryn’s Mum was diagnosed with terminal Lung Cancer. Clatterbridge was able to once again step in and be there for Kathryn and her Mum.” Read Kathryn’s Clatterbridge Cancer Charity Supporter Story here       
Lyndale Cancer Support Centre Concert

Lyndale Cancer Support Centre Concert

On Friday 24th January 2020 I performed a concert for Lyndale Cancer Support Centre. The concert was the first event of its kind for the Centre; held at Volair in Huyton. I was so thrilled to sing with our local community choir Mersey Wave Music and their musical director Jason Ellis and the Northern Ukes Band . Together with Lyndale Cancer Support Center; we created a special programme of music with patients, families and carers and the volunteers associated with the center at the heart of the whole evening. The compère for the event was BBC Radio Merseyside’s Helen Jones and we are all so grateful for her support. Special thanks and congratulations to Lyndale Volunteers Vicky and Margaret for organising a brilliant night and the whole team at Volair who looked after us so well. The evening raised over £3,000 for much needed funds for Lyndale Cancer Support Centre.

Kathryn Rudge Lyndale Cancer Care

“Lyndale” has been providing one-to-one and group support to cancer patients, carers and their families in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment for over 30 years. The support center is run by volunteers and was established in 1983, providing help and support for Cancer patients throughout the Knowsley region. The charity is led by a team of trustees, key volunteers with many years of experience, and the service they provide is all confidential and free.

History of Lyndale

Lyndale was originally founded by Mrs. Mary Davies who was a local resident with personal experience of cancer – she recognised the need for additional support for patients receiving cancer treatment and originally began a support group within her own home, with approval from local GPs. Lyndale became a registered charity and the committee obtained statistics that showed the North-West with the highest incidence of cancer in the country. There has since been an ever-increasing demand for cancer support and the service they provide.

Cancer incidence and cancer-related mortality are major problems in England’s North West. Most recently Liverpool has been identified by Public Health England as one of the three most cancer stricken cities in England and cancer mortality in Merseyside and Cheshire is 76% higher than the European average. Every year in Liverpool, around 40% of all cancer cases are diagnosed by doctors in the A&E Department. In these cases the cancer is usually advanced and can be more difficult to treat.

In order to continue to serve a great number of people ‘Lyndale’ moved to the house on 40 Huyton Lane in 1986. It became the unique cancer support group within a homely and friendly environment that we know and love today. This was all financed by a grant of £36,000 from Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and £12,000 from St Helens & Knowsley Health Authority. The shortfall in funding of £11,000 was covered by taking out a 25 year mortgage. Lyndale Cancer Support Center and their volunteers now serve around 100 cancer patients and their families a week.

There was building work and refurbishment carried out in 2003/4 which was funded by the National Lottery and from the Mayor of Knowsley’s Charity Fund, and further funding was obtained from Merseyside Safer Cities & Knowsley Inclusion Unit. Lyndale is still run today entirely by dedicated and committed volunteers who provide caring support and information in a friendly relaxed and homely environment – as was Mary Davies‘ original wish. Little did their founder member and first Committee dream that the seeds sown in Mary’s small home, would lead to the beautifully extended and refurbished Lyndale of today!

Lyndale still does rely on donations and funding for running costs, the financing of teachers and therapists for the provision of complimentary therapies, relaxation sessions, yoga and beauty therapies, art and computer classes etc. which are all free of charge to all those who attend Lyndale. Lyndale also organises social events, outings and rambles. Every aspect of their administration, financial accounting and caring support has been carried out voluntarily since 1983.

Northern Ukes Kathryn Rudge Cancer
Northern Ukes on stage at Volair in aid of Lyndale Cancer Support Centre

More people are surviving cancer than ever before. In fact, cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years as a result of improvements in cancer treatments and diagnosis – with thanks to amazing places like Lyndale for their excellent support. There is still, however, a lot of work to do to help reduce the number of people developing and losing their lives to the numerous cancer types. Through our music and events like this one we hope we can help to raise much needed awareness and support for wonderful places like Lyndale and provide uplifting events for all of the volunteers, patients and their families and friends.

If you would like to donate to Lyndale Cancer Support Center please visit https://www.justgiving.com/lyndalecancersupportcentre/donate or e-mail support@knowsley-cancer-support.co.uk

Music in Hospitals and Care UK – RNCM

Music in Hospitals and Care UK – RNCM

It was a great privilege to perform in a concert with violinist Rachel Podger and pianist Christopher Glynn in November 2019; we were supporting the wonderful work of Music in Hospitals and Care UK! It was also so special to return to sing at Royal Northern College of Music (that’s where I trained in music 2003-2012.)

“Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) is a charity providing live music sessions for people who are receiving care or treatment in healthcare settings across the UK. Since 1948, MiHC has been breaking down the barriers which prevent people, regardless of their health or wellbeing, from accessing the benefits of live music. Our sessions are designed to humanise clinical settings, reach and connect people, encourage communication and meaningful interactions and evoke emotions and memories when it matters most. Each unique concert is delivered by professional musicians and tailored to meet the needs of the audience group. From the Shetland Isles and the Highlands of Scotland to Northern Ireland, the Valleys of Wales and down to the south coast of England, we operate in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres, special schools and community settings too. We have offices in England, Scotland and Wales, with over 680 musicians spread far and wide. Together, and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to bring the benefits of engagement with live music to over 90,000 people in care each year.” 

It was a privilege to be able to sing Richard Strauss songs with Chris and Rachel and to speak – sharing about our personal experiences as a family and the true benefits of music at any stage of life. Read more here: https://kathrynrudge.com/blog/music-and-cancer/

R-Charity Arriva Scouse 5K

R-Charity Arriva Scouse 5K

“There is only today!” 

This 5k was so much fun – a great route around Liverpool city centre. Brilliant wigs and outfits and Scouse spirit! We ‘legged it’ round town for a great causes.

I ran for wonderful R-Charity the charity for Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust. 

“Every year, staff working at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust make such a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people across Liverpool and the North West. To help ensure the best possible outcomes for these patients within our care, the R Charity fundraising team are continuously working with teams across the Trust to fund vital equipment and improve facilities.”

All of the R-Charity fundraisers had a lovely cuppa and a cake in The Cavern Club afterwards to celebrate. 

https://www.justgiving.com/kathrynrudge

Kathryn Rudge
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre 60th Anniversary Concert

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre 60th Anniversary Concert

I was delighted to return to sing for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and their Charity Carol Concert this year. The concert was a festive celebration of music, art and poetry for their ‘landmark’ 60th anniversary year – Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for all you do!!

This year my Mum, Sue, began receiving palliative care for incurable stage 4 lung cancer – she is receiving amazing care from Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Whiston Hospital. This comes just a few years after my Dad George also received eight years of cancer treatments for Multiple Myeloma blood cancer at Royal Liverpool Hospital and also through the Clatterbridge Cancer Center. It really means the world to me to be able to sing for the charity again and support the amazing work they do.

It’s been a heartbreaking time since my Mum received her diagnosis in August – she is an amazing lady, my inspiration and best friend! We know, more than ever, that every day we spend together is the greatest blessing – and that sharing music and celebrating special occasions like this one will bring us so much joy and hope through the hardest times ahead.

More than 200 people attended the event at Thornton Manor, hosted by Angela Samata. I was thrilled to sing with The Luminelles and Over The Water choirs, conducted by Matt Lammin. Wirral-based photographer and performing artist Mike McCartney read Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou and poet Mandy Coe shared some of her wonderful work; embracing the themes of joy, love and laughter. Professor Dan Palmer, medical oncologist at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, addressed the audience and expressed the importance of research in the future of cancer treatment and patient Becky Brothwood spoke so beautifully to everyone about her own cancer treatment.

After the concert there was a brilliant exhibition of artwork and photography by Mike McCartney, acclaimed sculptor Emma Rodgers – works from De Lacy Fine Art, Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Prof Arthur Sun Myint, who is a medical oncologist at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, it was so lovely to meet everyone. I also found it really inspiring to hear Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of Clatterbridge CC, speak about the future of the Centre and how much this will help cancer patients in the future.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s leading cancer centres providing highly specialist cancer care to a population of 2.3m people across Cheshire, Merseyside and the surrounding areas including the Isle of Man. Based in Wirral, Merseyside; treatment is also supported by a £17m radiotherapy centre in Aintree, Liverpool. They also operate specialist chemotherapy clinics in seven of Merseyside’s district hospitals and deliver a pioneering Treatment at Home service. This enables them to provide a comprehensive range of inpatient care, advanced radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer therapies (i.e. medicines) including gene therapies and immunotherapies.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for patients and research at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. The Charity helps to improve patient experience, fund vital research into the latest therapies and innovations in cancer treatment. They are embarking on a journey to change cancer care for the better, by expanding services in the heart of the population with the further ground-breaking research and therapies they undertake. In the next few years they are building Liverpool’s first cancer hospital in the heart of the city, backed by the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity’s £15m appeal! Find out more about the charity here; https://www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/charity/home

What a beautiful night it was! Merry Christmas and heartfelt thanks to the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for the wonderful work they do.