It’s often hard to know how best to respond in the face of shocking news. But a group of choral scholars from the University of Cambridge knew exactly what to do when, very sadly, a fellow student was diagnosed with a brain tumour. They joined forces and their voices to create Cambridge Fundraising Choir and since January this year, they’ve been singing to raise funds for Cancer Research UK’s Brain Tumour Research.
These students are all choral scholars at their various colleges. That’s a huge honour and is testament to their outstanding musical talent but it’s also a major commitment on top of their academic work, with several rehearsals and chapel services each week plus a touring and recording schedule outside term. Ellie Tobin, a Trinity College student and a founder member of the choir tells me, “There’s a terrific atmosphere. We’ve come together as a group of friends to make music and I think that special connection between us really comes over when we sing.”
The choir has already performed four concerts across the country and has raised over £4,500 to support the pioneering research work which is leading to new treatment methods. On Saturday 4 November, they’ll be singing in Trinity College Chapel. It’ll be an evening of reflective choral music, including the beautiful Faure Requiem and works by Finzi, Howells and Vaughan Williams. Admission is free, refreshments will be served and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Cancer Research UK’s Brain Tumour Research. If you can’t get to the concert but would like to make a donation, you can do so online at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/cambridge-fundraising-choir Every penny raised will go directly to the charity.
This event is being held at Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ