Opera Holland park
In June 2018, 1000 opera lovers joined us for a gala performance of La traviata at Investec Opera Holland Park raising funds for the Stop MS Appeal. Set against the stunning back drop of Holland House, the evening saw the celebrated and accomplished Opera Holland Park perform one Verdi’s best-loved operas, La traviata. Laced with some of the most famous arias and choruses ever written, it is a tragic story of two young lovers whose relationship is doomed by the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society.
The event was a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who was involved!
Annual Lecture 2018
On Tuesday 1 May, the MS Society hosted its third Annual Stop MS Appeal Lecture. Taking place at The Royal College of Physicians the engaging and informative talk was given by esteemed Professor Robin Franklin Director of the UK MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair.
Professor Franklin’s talk focused on the recent advances in the understanding of MS and how we are translating these into real treatments. He also provided updates on regenerative therapies for MS and the process from the laboratory to the clinic.
Jacqueline du Pré Tribute Concerts
In autumn 2017 we held two very special concerts to raise funds for research.
Jacqueline du Pré was one of the world’s most celebrated cellists until MS forced her to give up playing. 2017 year marked 30 years since Jacqueline died aged just 42. In tribute to her, her husband of 20 years, acclaimed conductor Maestro Barenboim, led two very special concerts at the Southbank Centre in London.
Maestro Barenboim performed Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 and Strauss’s Don Quixote with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. This unique orchestra brings together Palestinian, Israeli and other Arab musicians to live and perform together.
The concerts have raised over £1 million for our Jacqueline du Pré Tribute Fund for MS research – which will help us support even more ambitious research projects.
Annual Lecture 2017
At our second Stop MS Annual Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians, Stop MS Ambassador Dr Jeremy Chataway, from the UCL Institute of Neurology, gave an inspiring presentation on our research programme and how it is accelerating progress to new treatments.
After taking the audience through the extensive process involved in developing new clinical treatments, he explained how drug ‘re-purposing’ can be hugely effective in accelerating this process, providing incredibly exciting opportunities for MS research.
St Paul’s Cathedral Carol Concert 2016
In December 2016 we held a night of carols, readings and dinner in London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral.
On the night we were joined by world class soloists John Mark Ainsley, Gerald Finley, Sir John Tomlinson and Catherine Wyn Rogers. The concert, Darkness into Light also featured a series of unique pieces written by world renowned screenwriter Abi Morgan, all performed by an array of celebrity guests.
The night ensured all guests were in the festive spirit and raised a phenomenal £567,798 for the Stop MS Appeal.