Norwich scientists showcase musical talents for Big C

Date 6 November 2014

Scientists in Norwich are swapping their labs for the stage this November, as they put on a musical extravaganza to raise funds for Big C.

Talented scientists and staff from across the Norwich Research Park are coming together on Thursday 27th November to stage a one night only extravaganza of music for all tastes.

The concert is being staged by the Institute of Food Research (IFR), and will involve singers and musicians working in other institutes on the Norwich Research Park, which is home to over 3,000 researchers and clinicians.

Tickets

The concert takes place on Thursday 27th November, 7:30pm in the John Innes Conference Centre.  Doors open at 7pm. 

Tickets are £12.50, £10 for concessions and £5 under 18s and are available to buy in advance from www.bigcconcert.org

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The programme will include pop, jazz, folk, classical and show tunes, and will also be the first performance of the newly formed Norwich Research Park choir, and the NRP string quartet.

Among the acts in the lineup are ‘Pelerin Blue,’ an electro-acoustic folk band, who write their own songs. Their lead singer is microbiologist Dr Isabelle Hautefort from the Institute of Food Research, and the group also includes gastroenterologists on violin and cello, a dentist, a racing car engine designer on guitar, all held together by the beat of drummer and IFR safety officer Gary Wortley.

“Sometimes it’s nice to be given a chance to do something you love doing, but more importantly to be able give something back at the same time. I have a lot to be thankful for. Advances in cancer research have given someone very close to me a second chance. So, very simply; I’m in the show to say thank you for the NHS’s system of treatment of childhood leukaemia, and hopefully this small gesture will give some help to enable others to feel that same relief and joy,” said Gary.

“Most members of the band relate to the tragedy of cancer disease in our families, for some of us in a very close manner,” said Dr Hautefort. “It’s also great to find out about other musical talents that exist across the Norwich Research Park and I am really looking forward to it.”

The choir only met for this first time in September, and are practicing together every Thursday evening, so that they can hit the right notes on the big night.

“I simply enjoy singing and the emotions involved. It’s great to do this to support a charity like Big C,” said Dr Thomas Wilhelm, head of IFR’s Theoretical Systems Biology group.

Gill Ashby is a laboratory manager at the John Innes Centre. “The newly formed NRP choir is really welcoming, and it is a joy to be able to sing in such a friendly and relaxed environment,” she said.

Also helping the show go with a swing will be the Ben Weston Jazz Band, and the unique barbershop harmonies of the Fine City Chorus, along with bands NR4 and Dirty Onions.

Big C’s aim is to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, by providing surgical and diagnostic equipment. Big C also funds research on the Norwich Research Park and sponsors a Professor of Cancer Genetics at UEA.

The concert takes place on Thursday 27th November, 7:30pm in the John Innes Conference Centre.  Doors open at 7pm.  Tickets are £12.50, £10 for concessions and £5 under 18s and are available to buy in advance from www.bigcconcert.org or will be available on the door.

Contact

Andrew Chapple

andrew.chapple@ifr.ac.uk

01603 251490

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