Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Cause in Need; Sponsors Sought So North East Proms Can Carry on Its Good Works

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Cause in Need; Sponsors Sought So North East Proms Can Carry on Its Good Works

Article excerpt

Byline: David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Editor ? 0191 201 6366 ? david.whetstone@ncjmedia.co.uk

ADIAMOND Jubilee theme permeated the 23rd North East Last Night of the Proms which came with many tried-and-tested features and an appeal for more sponsors.

Rosalynde Walker, co-founder of the annual Newcastle City Hall concert with her late husband George, made the appeal in her annual message of thanks from the stage.

Mrs Walker, from Westerhope, Newcastle, said that for the second year, due to the financial climate, not every penny of the ticket money would go to blood-related cancer research and cancer care in the region.

She hoped new commercial sponsors might come forward to maximise the impact of a concert which has become a regular source of income for cancer-related causes, notably blood cancer research at Newcastle University. In March more than PS54,000 was distributed by the Proms charity Nepac (North East Promenaders Against Cancer) with the bulk of the money supporting the work of Dr Tryfonia Mainou-Fowler and Dr Venetia Bigley at the university's Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

Dr Mainou-Fowler said Nepac's support had made possible advances in the understanding of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma which would be presented this coming weekend at the International Conference on Lymphomas in the French city of Marseilles.

In the programme she thanked Nepac and the Proms audience "without whom this research would not have been possible".

Since the Proms concert was first staged in 1990 - to thank medical staff who treated George, who died in 2001 - it has blended elements of the annual Last Night of the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Geordie culture.

Sir Henry Wood's Sea Songs and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance sits alongside The Blaydon Races, which was performed on Saturday in an updated version with references to footballers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.