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St Joseph’s Hospice 50th Anniversary

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On 4th February 2012 I performed as part of a concert to mark St Joseph’s Hospice’s  50th anniversary celebrations at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.  As always, it was a privilege to perform at home in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and choir and lovely to be a part of an event for such a good cause.

Author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce presented the evening and  Professor Ian Tracey conducted. The programme included Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Halleluiah Chorus, concluding in a Last Night of the Proms-style finale. The event raised in excess of £12,000 for the Hospice  and the monies will go towards Jospice’s work in caring for Merseyside people with terminal and life- limiting illnesses.

Pat Murphy, Ashley Holland, Danielle Louise Thomas, Kathryn Rudge, Monica McGhee and Paul Charles Clarke at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Image Courtesy of Jospice

Click here to read the Crosby Herald article

In 1974 the UK Jospice opened in Thornton, near Crosby. Founded by Father Francis O’Leary, a missionary priest, St Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) originally began in South America and Pakistan in the 1960’s.

Jospice provides care and support to terminally ill people and their families from within the Liverpool and Sefton areas. The hospice can care for 25 people at one time providing high quality end of life care in an out of a hospital situation. Jospice has also continued its work overseas and has hospices in Honduras, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador and is also linked to hospices in many parts of South America, India and Pakistan which still bear the Jospice name.

Jospice is partially funded by the NHS, fundraising is a vital part of the work they do. There are many more fundraising events taking place throughout 2012 in aid of Jospice – if you would like to support them and get involved you can find more information here .

Kathryn is an opera singer, concert and song recitalist from Liverpool. Described by What's on Stage as 'One of Britain's brightest young mezzos' and named as The Times 'Rising Star of Classical Music.' Kathryn regularly works with leading singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and ensembles in concerts and broadcasts nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has performed leading opera roles for companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North. She has made recordings for Hyperion, Chandos, Somm, Nyman Records and her debut CD 'Love's Old Sweet Song' was released by Champs Hill Records. Kathryn was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2015-17.

Kathryn trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying voice with Susan Roper and piano with Naomi Kayayan. Her many awards include the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Richard Strauss, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and The Joaninah Trust Award. Kathryn is an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music and teaches singing at The University of Manchester.

Kathryn co-founded Mersey Wave Music Choir in 2012 in her home city of Liverpool and was recipient of the Merseyside Woman of the Year Arts Award in 2016. Kathryn has a passion for championing and supporting live music making within community and healthcare settings; especially to support staff, patients and relatives throughout healthcare. In loving memory of her parents who were both cancer patients.

Read More here: Music and Cancer

Contact kathryn.rudge@live.co.uk

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