Famous faces to read at carol service for cancer research

Famous faces to read at carol service for cancer research


Some famous faces and an award-winning soprano are coming together this Christmas to support The Institute of Cancer Research, London, at their flagship fundraiser.

Actor and author Jane Asher and The Archers star Simon Williams will be reading at the annual Carols from Chelsea service, in aid of The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). The celebrated young Armenian singer Anush Hovhannisyan will also perform at the star-studded event.

The winners of BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2018 – Cassian Pichler-Roca from Dean Close School in Cheltenham and Emilia Jaques from Queen Mary’s School in North Yorkshire – will also both sing at Carols from Chelsea.

The service takes place in in the stunning surroundings of Wren’s chapel at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Tuesday 4 December 2018.

The beautiful service features a wonderful programme of readings, traditional carols and music, including seasonal favourites by Handel and Bach. Afterwards there will be a champagne and canapé reception.

There will be an opportunity to make fundraising pledges throughout the evening and tickets are available to buy for this exclusive event.

All proceeds will go towards the ICR’s world-leading research, which takes place in labs in Chelsea and Sutton.

The ICR has been carrying out pioneering research into the causes of cancer, and how it might be diagnosed, treated or prevented, for more than 100 years.

Today, it is a world leader at discovering new cancer drugs, identifying cancer-related genes and developing new forms of high-precision radiotherapy.

The ICR discovers more new cancer drugs than any other academic centre in the world – including the pioneering prostate cancer drug abiraterone, which has benefited hundreds of thousands of men worldwide.

Jane Asher, who is reading at Carols from Chelsea for The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said:

“I was delighted to be asked to read at Carols from Chelsea. I’m amazed by how much the ICR has done to transform our understanding of cancer and improve cancer treatment. I hope my contribution can help support their work to improve and save the lives of people with cancer.”

Lara Jukes, Director of Development at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said:

“Carols from Chelsea is the highlight of the ICR’s social calendar. It’s a wonderful occasion in a beautiful location that makes the perfect start to the festive season. And, most importantly, Carols from Chelsea is an opportunity to help support the ICR’s pioneering research which is improving cancer diagnosis and treatment all the time.”

As a research institute and charity, the ICR relies on the generosity of the public to help raise the funds needed to make the discoveries that will defeat cancer.

To find out more about the ICR’s Carols from Chelsea service on Tuesday 4 December, and to buy a ticket, please visit icr.ac.uk/carols

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