A magnificent £2,000 has been raised for the Robert Foot Leukaemia Fund by a ‘Walpole Weekend of Song’. The beautiful setting of Walpole-St-Peter church was the setting for two concerts over the weekend of April 18 and 19.
On the Saturday evening an appreciative audience was entertained by Boston based ‘Opera For A While’ who performed a ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ of songs by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter.
Sunday’s afternoon concert goers were captivated by the celebrated tenor, Andrew Kennedy, accompanied by Tim Watts on piano, who performed ‘An Afternoon of English Song’. The first half of the programme featured the works of WWI composers Ivor Gurney, William Denis Brown & Frederick S. Kelly who in April 1915 were all three on the SS Grantully Castle bound for Gallipoli.
The weekend concerts brings the total raised by the Robert Foot Leukaemia Fund to about £166,000. All of the money is used to provide ‘patient comforts’ in the three hospitals where Robert was treated for leukaemia before he died in November 2002, aged 33.
In this way resources are provided to support cancer and leukaemia sufferers that are not normally provided by the NHS.
The three hospitals are Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth (Shouldham Ward), Addenbrookes (the Teenage Cancer Trust unit) in Cambridge, and Guy’s/St Thomas’ in London.
Following the success of this first weekend, it is hoped that a ‘Second Walpole Weekend of Song’ will be arranged next year.