On Friday 28 June a very special fundraising evening of music and art will be taking place at Salford Lads Club.

The Christie Hospital‘s Art Group will be exhibiting a collection of beautiful paintings followed by a performance by the Rhythm of Life Choir(The Christie Hospital and The Maggie Centre Choir), along with special guest singer, Rowetta.

The Rhythm of Life Choir is the brainchild of Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialist Ros Fox, who wanted to organise singing sessions to improve the patients’ mental health and well-being and also to create a feeling of togetherness. Ros enlisted the help of eminent Manchester-based composer and musical director, Carol Donaldson to lead the choir. Now, up to 40 patients, staff and family members meet up weekly at the world renowned cancer centre to sing in harmony, songs from around the world, fostering a sense of wellbeing and harmony. Ros explains:

“Due to advances in neurological science, we now have a growing body of scientific evidence explaining what we have always known: that singing is good for us! Both physically and psychologically. Singing in a group is a really good way of creating togetherness, the feeling of being part of something, and of feeling that one belongs. It’s also incredibly empowering to sing as one in that way. Those sorts of emotions are all the more important when you’re going through the frightening and often isolating experience of cancer.”

Millions of people watched the choir perform on TV in the recent series of Cold Feet as part of Jenny (Fay Ripley)’s storyline. Ros thought it would be a fantastic idea to organise a live performance at Salford Lads Club ~ where all the Cold Feet scenes were filmed ~ and Rowetta was a perfect choice as guest singer.

So, on Friday 28 June the choir will be performing some well-loved songs in a cappella harmony, followed by a solo set by Rowetta. The finale with be a collaboration between the choir and Rowetta singing together:

“It’s such an honour for me to sing with The Christie choir in such an iconic building. The Christie has helped so many of my friends and their families and the scenes in the wonderful ‘Cold Feet’ had me in tears. This will be a really special night and a beautiful way to raise money for The Christie and Maggie’s.”

The evening starts early so for anyone coming to Salford Lads Club straight after work ~ as well as a bar ~ there will be delicious curries available to buy from Tampopo‘s pop-up stall in the venue’s cafe, plus a selection of cakes. All proceeds will go to The Christie.

There will also be a raffle during the evening and an opportunity to buy some of the artwork, as well as Salford Lads Club merchandise.

Tickets for this special event will be £10 and available here: https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/rhythmoflifechoir/?affiliate=HEJ

Tickets will be £12 on the door.


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