Entitled ‘Let’s Finish It’, this beautiful piece of music abruptly cuts to silence three-quarters of the way through before it reaches its most optimistic heights – symbolising the unfinished state of the new research facility we are building to spearhead efforts to transform cancer treatments.
We commissioned Callum Morton-Huseyin, a 25-year-old emerging contemporary classical composer, to create an original piece of music and for Britain’s national orchestra, the RPO, to perform it. The music is inspired by the incomplete building itself, the efforts of our researchers to outsmart cancer’s evolution and our currently unfinished business in defeating the disease.
The passages of the unfinished symphony are based on our efforts to understand the way cancers change and evolve, with the highs and lows of the music reflecting the historic successes and frustrations of cancer research. As the piece progresses, artfully conducted by William Vann, the music takes an upward turn, reflecting the building’s construction, our science, and the game-changing future discoveries that could overcome cancer’s evolution.