Wainwrights rock the Royal Albert Hall for Cancer Research UK
Three members of one of the world’s musical dynasties will join a host of celebrities for a festive musical extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday (9th).
Rufus Wainwright, sister Martha and their mother singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle are throwing A Not So Silent Night in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Joining them on stage will be comediennes French & Saunders, plus singers Boy George, Guy Garvey, The Thompsons, Ed Harcourt and Jenni Muldaur as well as human beatbox Shlomo.
There will also be a performance by international soprano Janis Kelly, star of Rufus’s opera Prima Donna.
The gig has an extra poignancy because Kate is currently in treatment for cancer.
Rufus said: “This will be an off-the-cuff evening of friends and family kind of popping on and off stage as if the stage was our living room.”
The gig will echo the bi-annual Wainwright/McGarrigle Carnegie Hall show which has become an established part of the Christmas calendar in New York.
The New York Times has called the show an “enactment of a family gathering: motley, full of overlapping agendas, a little sentimental, a little fractious but harmonious in the end.”
Proceeds will be divided between Cancer Research UK and the Kate McGarrigle Fund, a non-profit organisation dedicated to cancer care and research in Canada.
A limited number of exclusive A Not So Silent Night VIP Packages are available. They include excellent seats for the concert, entry to an intimate post-show cocktail party with the performers, and unique gift bags. These can be obtained by making a donation of £500.
Notes to Editor
About Cancer Research UK
- Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.
- The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
- This work is funded entirely by the public.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last thirty years.
- Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,800 scientists, doctors and nurses.
- Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.