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Young Epilepsy hits the high notes

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Media release

21 October 2013

Young Epilepsy hits the high notes

- Opera stars donate their time and talent to support children with epilepsy -

A wealth of international opera stars will come together for a special one-off Christmas concert at St John’s Smith Square on 12 December 2013, in aid of Young Epilepsy – the UK’s only national charity dedicated to children and young people living with epilepsy.

The evening concert will present a seasonal celebration of music and words from a wonderful cast of classical talent including soprano Dame Felicity Lott, mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby, tenor Mark Padmore, tenor Finnur Bjarnason, bass Brindley Sherratt, musical actress Maria Friedman, pianist Jason Carr, the Viva Voce Choir and other special guests.

This prestigious charity gala has been organised by Jean Rigby, whose son Oliver graduated from Young Epilepsy’s St Piers College earlier this year. She explains: "Our son Ollie has severe epilepsy and has been a residential student at Young Epilepsy for several years. Having just completed his final year, I was confident that he was very well looked after, contented and happy: gaining confidence and skills to cope with the challenges he faces now and in the future. I feel so indebted for all Young Epilepsy has done for him and this concert is my way of giving something back.”

Mabel’s generous gift, which has been used to make vast improvements to Young Epilepsy’s on-site farm, will help students with the condition and other complex needs gain work experience and personal development skills.

Sir Gerald Acher CBE, LVO, President of Young Epilepsy, said: “Epilepsy effects over 112,000 children and young people aged 25 and under, and is the most common neurological condition in the UK. Despite this, it’s still relatively unknown and rarely talked about, so we are thrilled that this extremely talented group of people have got together to help raise money and awareness. All funds raised through the concert will be used to provide life-changing support through our information service, special school, college, medical centre and residential homes.

“We are especially grateful to Jean Rigby for her unwavering support for arranging the wealth of sensational talent that will be starring in the event.”

Concert and booking information

What: Young Epilepsy Christmas Gala Concert
Who: International stars of opera present a celebration of music and words, including, soprano Dame Felicity Lott, mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby, tenor Mark Padmore, tenor Finnur Bjarnason, bass Brindley Sherratt, musical actress Maria Friedman, pianist Jason Carr, the Viva Voce Choir and other special guests.
When: Thursday 12 December 2013
Where: St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Time: 7.30pm
Price: Ticket prices range from £15, £30 and £40.
Booking: Phone 020 7222 1061, or online at www.sjss.org.uk.

There are a limited number of exclusive Premier Seat Packages available at £95, including a best stall seat and post-performance supper reception with the cast available from Young Epilepsy 01342 831539 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For further information contact Stacey Daniells or Josh Dibble on 01342 831310, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy. With over 100 years of experience we are a leading provider of specialist health and education services. The charity offers support, information, training for health, social care and education professionals and campaigns to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.

  • Epilepsy is the most common serious childhood neurological condition. There are 60,000 children and young people under the age of 18, and 112,000 aged 25 and under, living with epilepsy in the UK.
  • On average there is a child with epilepsy in every primary school and five in every secondary school.
  • There are around 600,000 people in the UK diagnosed with epilepsy. That’s about one in every 131 people. There are around 50 million people with epilepsy in the world. Around 75 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day.
Cyber EssentialsFundraising RegulatorYoung Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Charitable Trust.
Registered Charity number 311877 (England and Wales)

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