Two hundred and fifty people packed into the grounds of a house in Highclere to listen to Hatstand Opera perform songs from opera to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Appeal. "The four singers and accompanist give us two hours of great entertainment, with some memorable introductions by Kirsty Young." The Chief Executive of the Trust, Rosie Barnes, thanks Lynda Gent for the use of her home and grounds.
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We are delighted to have the opportunity to invite you to Opera in the Garden on Saturday 15 June 2002 in aid of 'The Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Appeal'. Cystic Fibrosis is the UK's most common genetic disease - affecting 7,500 babies, children and young adults. Every week 3 young people die from CF and life expectancy is still only 31 years.
The Gene Therapy Appeal, being launched this year, will fund a consortium of research teams to work together towards achieving the breakthrough needed to cure this most terrible disease. £3 million a year over the next five years is what is needed to fund this research. By helping us raise this money you could be part of one of the greatest breakthroughs in medical history and transform the lives of thousands of sufferers.
This marvellous evening of light-hearted operatic highlights is to be held in beautiful gardens. The Hatstand Opera is a highly entertaining professional company whose infectious sense of theatrical fun is sure to delight you with your favourite music.
The evening will begin with a complimentary Pimms Reception at 6.3Opm. Bring along your friends and a picnic supper and relax in this lovely garden before enjoying the music which
will begin promptly at 7.3Opm on the terrace. (Under cover in the event of bad weather.)
All proceeds from the event will go to fund research into finding a cure for this most distressing of diseases which claims three young lives in the UK every week. We do hope you will join us and help to raise vital funds for this deserving cause.