A new piece commissioned by the UK's largest breast cancer charity

The piece celebrates the friends and family of those living with breast cancer

A new piece commissioned by the UK's largest breast cancer charity

The UK’s largest breast cancer society Breast Cancer Now has commissioned a choral work to celebrate the importance of friends and family for those living with breast cancer. The 15-minute piece, entitled A Light Not Yet Ready to Go Out, will be premiered on Tuesday 20 March at the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square, London by the London Concert Choir.

Adrienne Morgan, who performs in London Concert Choir, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and later with incurable secondary breast cancer in 2010. Her sister Delyth, who is also a member of the choir, is the CEO of Breast Cancer Now. The piece is written by composer Alison Willis, as Adrienne wanted it to be written by a woman, because much of the choral canon is dominated by male composers. The piece is a personal tribute to those close to Adrienne, with the text in one of the three movements written entirely by her friends and family.

‘It is a real privilege for a composer to be able to try out ideas with the intended performers,’ says composer Alison Willis. ‘The piece is fun to sing and listen to, but also has a more serious, moving message about a kind of ‘every-woman’, that I hope will resonate particularly with those living with cancer and their families and friends.’

After its premiere, LCC hopes that other choirs will purchase the piece to perform as well, with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Now. A version will also be created for community choirs who cannot read music notation fluently.

The premiere performance on 20 March will be accompanied by Vaughan Williams’s The Five Mystical Songs and the Mass in G minor.

Tickets for the performance are available here.

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