Taking place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 14th January 2017, the concert will raise money for children with cancer across Russia
Renowned conductor and Artistic Director Teodor Currentzis and his famous orchestra, musicAeterna, are returning to London for an exclusive performance of the music from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet in aid of the Gift of Life charity. Currentzis, who has won multiple awards for his captivating performances, including six National Theatre Award Golden Masks, has personally arranged a selection of Prokofiev’s most enduring classics. The evening will also include sonnets and readings from Shakespeare’s plays performed by British film and theatre actor, Ralph Fiennes and highly-acclaimed Russian actresses Chulpan Khamatova and Dina Korzun, the founders of Gift of Life’s sister charity, Podari Zhizn.
Originally composed for the ballet, the music from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet will be performed alongside readings from a selection of William Shakespeare’s plays, bringing together high points of Russian and British culture through interpretations of the tragic love story and his other works. The best of contemporary Russian culture will be on show, with Currentzis and musicAeterna intending to bring to London their same passion, drive and vision that has created a storm across continental Europe.
Gift of Life raises donations in the UK and across Europe, to provide seriously ill children in Russia with cutting edge medicine and medical aid. The medicines, which are otherwise unavailable in Russia, are vital for treating specific forms of cancer, and will be the main focus of Gift of Life’s donations. Funding will also go towards bone marrow transplants and bringing foreign specialists to Moscow for vital surgeries and instruction.
Gift of Life has helped over 300 seriously ill children and has raised over £2,500,000 since 2011. The charity’s patrons include Princess Catherine Galitzine, singer and songwriter Katie Melua, actress and screenwriter Justine Waddell, and Cancer Centre London’s Leukaemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist, Professor Ray Powles. Guests of previous events have included Stephen Fry, Dame Vivien Duffield, Natalia Vodianova, Raymond Blanc, Stephen Webster and Martha Fiennes.
Thanks to the generous support of Phenomen Trust, Roman Abramovich, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Kaspersky Lab and partnership with Corinthia Hotel London; all money raised from ticket sales will go directly to children with cancer in Russia. If you would like to make a donation to Gift of Life, please visit the following link: http://www.giftoflife.eu/donate/ Instagram: @gift_of_life_charity #giftoflifecharity