Preview: LUUMS Tribute to Richard Mayne 22/02/15

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Seven months after the horror of the MH17 plane tragedy, LUUMS will take over the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall to commemorate the tragic loss of University of Leeds student, Richard Mayne, one of the 298 civilians to lose their lives on the fatal voyage.

Under the conduction of Stephen Chung, the concert will showcase some of the best musical talent the university has to offer in an emotionally charged and extremely unique evening of remembrance. The music on display will attempt to mirror the fantastic energy and passion that Richard, in his tragically short life, dedicated to the cause of various charities.

Featuring the LUUMS orchestra with Ben Palmer (Mozart Clarinet Concerto) and soloist singers Morgana Warren-Jones, Calum MacGregor, Ashley Jacobs and Hannah Elkins, the full programme also includes operatic highlights by Puccini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Mozart and will triumphantly conclude with Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor.

All proceeds from the concert will go towards the Richard Mayne Foundation, an organisation established by family and friends in order to provide diabetes sufferers – Mayne was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight – with the funds and opportunities to experience life in the way Richard did.

The power of Richard’s story has continued to inspire both those who had the pleasure of knowing him and those that did not, with a total £14,556.71 being donated to his JustGiving page, a 2040% increase on his original target of £680.

The concert takes place from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and tickets will cost you only £5. The money goes to a great cause, with the majesty of the music on offer more than justifying the entry fee.

So join LUUMS as they honour the memory of a truly fantastic and hardworking student.

Robert Cairns

photo: bbc.co.uk

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