Pancreatic cancer did for everyone's favourite dirty dancer in September this year and the world's most famous tenor two years ago. It's actually the fifth most common cause of death from cancer but public awareness is relatively low. What does the pancreas do anyway? Quite.
A classical concert next Tuesday hopes to help change that and raise much needed funds for charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. Out of the shadows is a concert by the English Chamber Orchestra with The Holst Singers. The gig is put on in memory of another who died of the disease, Robert Brown, a prominent figure in the investment world with a love of Bob Dylan. His brother says he would have preferred a rock concert but maybe Bob was on holiday.
Instead, enjoy Fauré's "Requiem", Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending/ Serenade to Music", Walton's "Henry V Suite" and Holst's "Brook Green Suite". Stephen Layton conducts the English Chamber Orchestra, The Holst Singers, violinist Matthew Trusler and four exceptional young vocal soloists - we're pretty clueles when it comes to classical (alas - if you're not, get in touch, we need you) but we're told that this line up is appealing enough in itself, let alone the genuinely deserving cause.
Charity Gala in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK in on Tuesday 24th November. Tickets: £18-30 available from the Cadogan Hall box office: 020 7730 4500.