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The Pelican brief – to raise cancer cash

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21 September, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Intermusica will be performing for charity at St James’s Church next Tuesday

When one of their mezzo-sopranos was diagnosed with cancer a music agency in Angel threw itself into raising thousands of pounds for Pelican Cancer Foundation.

Now Intermusica will host a charity concert next Tuesday evening (September 26) at St James’s Church in Prebend Street with pieces performed by their talented staff – and some unannounced names from their roster. There will be a mixture of solo, chamber, orchestral and choral works presented on the night.

Previous fundraising drives saw 40 members of staff take part in a 5K run, sing carols at Islington Green Christmas Market and even don their chef hats for a bake sale.

Pelican Cancer Foundation was founded in 1993 and supports those suffering from cancer of the pelvis including bowel and liver cancer.

“We manage the careers of some of the world’s most famous and talented classical musicians. But we also have some pretty musically talented staff in our office too,” said Fabienne Morris from Intermusica. “This is a fun chance for local residents and workers to hear some beautiful, bite-sized classical pieces, and contribute to a worthy cause in the process, while supporting a longstanding local business.”

• To buy tickets for the concert, which starts at 7pm, go to: 


Comedians unite in fight against FGM

Bridget Christie helped raise funds to fight FGM

The top names in comedy joined forces to raise more than £20,000 to fight female genital mutilation (FGM) on Monday night. The charity gig at the Union Chapel in Compton Terrace brought in more than 800 people who heard lines from Bridget Christie, Jo Brand and ex Bake-off host Sue Perkins.

The funds raised went to the Dahlia Project – an anti-FGM charity which offers a safe space for women and offers therapeutic support.

Campaigner Leyla Hussein, who founded the project, said: “FGM is shrouded in secrecy and too many women suffer in silence through many years of pain. At The Dahlia Project we break the silence and provide a safe space and therapeutic support. Working with these incredible women who have gone through so much, seeing them heal and support each other, is inspiring.”

Within the borough the Dahlia Project is delivered by Holloway’s Manor Gardens Welfare Trust, which was founded more than 100 years ago.

Of the event, Manor Gardens chief executive Phillip Watson said: “The public support for this event is heart-warming and the comedians who have given their time have helped us reach a wide audience with this important message about FGM.”

• To donate to the Dahlia Project and help the most vulnerable women in the borough go to:  



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