Matthew Rose performing. Copyright Michael Wheeler / ICR
A world-class group of opera singers united at the intimate setting of Spencer House this week to celebrate and support the ICR.
Mezzo-soprano Ann Murray, soprano Louise Kemény, tenor Toby Spence and bass Matthew Rose performed at the event – the first of its kind for the ICR.
A new event for the ICR
The sold-out ‘Recital for Research’ featured arias, ensembles and lieder by Mozart, Strauss, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. Drinks and canapés followed in the stunning surroundings of the Spencer House dining room and terrace.
The evening is a new addition to the ICR's special events calendar and follows the long-standing flagship social and fundraising event Carols from Chelsea.
Supported by world-class opera singers
Ann Murray, the world-renowned mezzo-soprano, who performed at the event, said:
"Cancer can have a terrifying impact on people's lives but it's heart-warming to know that so much progress is being made in research. That's why I am so pleased to be able to sing and help support the ICR's science, which is finding new and improved ways to diagnose and treat cancer."
A fantastic evening
Charlotte Orrell-Jones, Head of Events at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said:
"We're hugely privileged to have such incredible singers give their time to perform at our event. It was a fantastic evening and the music simply glorious – all in support of the ICR's life-changing cancer research.
"We're so pleased to have another wonderful event to add to our social calendar for our supporters, the feedback on the night was fantastic and we look forward to repeating this all again next year."
The ICR organises a number of ticketed social and cultural events each year to help support our world-leading cancer research.
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The following photos from the event are copyright Michael Wheeler / ICR. Click to enlarge.
The Recital for Research event was the first of its kind for the ICR.
Guests mingled with ICR researchers as they arrived.
The sumptuous Spencer House Great Room hosted the glamorous event.
Gina Gabbertas, MBE, chair of the event committee
The evening featured arias, ensembles and lieder by Mozart, Strauss, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. Pictured (from top left): Louise Kemény, Matthew Rose, Toby Spence and Ann Murray DBE.
Ann Murray DBE, Jonny Longridge, a member of the events committee and Louise Kemény
The evening ending with a drinks reception for guests.