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Concert in the Crypt to mark Diabetes UK’s 75th anniversary

The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral will host an exclusive concert in the Cathedral’s crypt to mark Diabetes UK’s 75th anniversary.

The spectacular setting will provide the backdrop to Concert in the Crypt, which promises to be an evening of wonderful musical entertainment, to be held on Friday 6 March at 7.30pm.

One of the longest-established musical foundations in the world, the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral is made up of 12 adult lay clerks (semi-professional singers) and 18 young choristers. The choristers, who live in the Choir House in the precincts of the Cathedral and attend St Edmunds School in Canterbury, are putting on this special performance to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Reserve your ticket

Tickets to Concert in the Crypt cost £12, including refreshments. Call the Diabetes UK South East office on 01372 720148 or to reserve your ticket now.

Sublime range of music

Traditional to modern

The evening will feature a sublime range of music, from traditional 13th century pieces to more modern compositions, mainly but not exclusively of a sacred nature. The choristers will be joined by piano soloist Jacob Barnes, 19, a former Canterbury Cathedral chorister who has won numerous piano prizes and was recently voted the Kent Young Pianist of the Year.

Glorious way to celebrate

Penny January, Diabetes UK South East’s Fundraising Manager, said: “Concert in the Crypt is our flagship event for 2009. Not only will guests be able to experience the glory of the music in a truly magnificent setting, but they will also be marking Diabetes UK’s 75th anniversary.

Improving the lives of people with diabetes

"In addition, this event provides an excellent opportunity to raise vital funds to improve the lives of people with diabetes, which affects more than 350,000 people in the South East. We are extremely grateful to the Dean and Chapter, the choristers, Jacob Barnes and Dr David Flood, the Director of Music and Master of the Choristers, for together making this such an exciting evening.”

About Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian churches in England. The large crypt was built in the early 1100s and it is the oldest existing part of the Cathedral. It is sure to provide a stunning setting for the concert with its Romanesque wall paintings and decorative columns.

Diabetes UK's 75th anniversary

2009 is Diabetes UK’s 75th anniversary and this concert is just one of the many events which will be taking place around the country to mark this special occasion.

Diabetes UK was set up on 10 January 1934 by the novelist HG Wells and Dr RD Lawrence, both of whom had diabetes. The charity’s aim was to ensure that everyone in the UK could gain access to insulin, whatever their financial situation. This was a ground-breaking initiative prior to the existence of a national health service.

Today, Diabetes UK’s mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and work towards a world without diabetes. This year the charity aims to raise more than £7.5 million to fund research projects.

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