Jacqueline du Pré was one of the worlds most celebrated cellists until MS cut here amazing career short. 2017 marked 30 years since she passed away, aged 42. In tribute to Jacqueline’s life and career. Her husband of 20 years, world-renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim, led two very special concerts at the Royal Festival Hall to raise funds for the Stop MS Appeal.
Maestro Barenboim conducted the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a remarkably moving performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Strauss's Don Quixote - with young Austrian-Persian Cellist Kian Soltani as soloist.
The first concert was the fastest selling one in the Southbank Centre’s 2017/18 classical series and due to its incredible popularity, a second concert was organised. Members of the public were joined by friends and supporters of the MS Society, the Prime Minister and our eminent Scientific Ambassadors for this unique event.
This was our most ambitious event to date but thanks to the incredible leadership of Sir Vernon Ellis and the Jacqueline du Pre Tribute Concert Steering Group it was a tremendous success and will help us hugely contribute to our efforts to Stop MS.