Night in the West End with star of the stage

Musical star Kerry Ellis will perform with Nottingham Trent University Choir and The London Philharmonic Orchestra in a West End extravaganza at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.

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Kerry Ellis

Musical star Kerry Ellis will perform with Nottingham Trent University Choir and The London Philharmonic Orchestra in a West End extravaganza at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.

It will be a double first for the University as A Night in the West End will not only be a massive musical collaboration but will also launch a major fundraising campaign for its purpose-built scientific facility, the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

Kerry, who has earned herself a reputation as the First Lady of West End musicals thanks to starring roles in London and on Broadway, including playing the first British Elphaba in smash hit show Wicked, said she was looking forward to joining forces with Nottingham Trent University Choir for the concert on 15 March.

She said: "I'm so excited to be returning to Nottingham and to be performing with a fantastic choir and orchestra. I think the evening will be quite special for me – to be able to perform a range of songs, some of which I have never sung before and some that have changed my life. This a concert not to miss, so come along and join the fun!"

The concert will feature the dazzling Nottingham Trent University Dance Troupe and music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You and the Lion King among others. The University is also holding auditions to find a female vocalist to perform a duet on stage with Kerry.

Nottingham Trent University Choir conductor Matthew Hopkins said: "I am thrilled that we have been able to bring yet another world-class orchestra into the city. With the combination of the West End's leading Lady, alongside one of the world's finest orchestras and the Nottingham Trent University Choir, this is truly an evening not to be missed!"

The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre focuses on two key approaches to the treatment of patients with cancer – improving diagnosis and management, and developing effective vaccines and immunotherapies that significantly improve survival and quality of life.

Professor Robert Rees, Director of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, said donations made a real difference to the way the centre can tackle problems facing cancer sufferers and welcomed the concert as a fantastic way to help raise those funds.

"This is an exciting, but critical time for our work. Although the centre was established six years ago from the generous support we received from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation, our research can only continue to make an impact through public support.

"Donations are crucial in helping to fund experiments, purchase essential equipment and pay for the salaries of researchers."

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    NTU Choir

    NTU Choir is 180-strong and consists of students, staff and the wider community.

    The choir has established a national reputation  with highly acclaimed performances during the last couple of years.

    Last year the choir made its debut with the CBSO and performance a world premiere commissioned by NTU, written by British composer Paul Carr.

    Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis started out playing the role of Meat in Queen's We Will Rock You

    Her performance as the first British Elphaba in the smash hit Wicked won Kerry the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Takeover Role.

    Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! At the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.

    Kerry has recently released a new CD called Acoustic by Candlelight featuring former Queen guitarist Brian May.

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    The orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932 and has been headed by many of the great conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstendt and Kurt Masur.

    The LPO performs an array of music from many genres and has made both video and film soundtracks, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey.

    John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre is a unique purpose-built scientific facility. Its aim is to save lives and speed recovery by improving the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

    The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre focuses on two key approaches to the treatment of patients with cancer – improving diagnosis and management, and developing effective vaccines and immunotherapies that significantly improve survival and quality of life.

    Visit the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre website to find out more about its work, or to make a donation towards its vital scientific research.

Night in the West End with star of the stage

Published on 5 February 2014
  • Category: Press; School of Science and Technology

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