A Midsummer Soiree was held at The Barn at Upper Cranbourne Farm in Sutton Scotney for The ARK Cancer Centre Charity. The evening began with an illustrated talk by Lady Young about her father, the sculptor Oscar Nemon and, after the interval, was followed by a concert given by Hannah Medlam, soprano, Lukas Medlam, violin and David Owen Norris, piano. Over £4,000 was raised during the evening, which was introduced by Merv Rees, Medical Director of Surgical Services at North Hampshire Hospital, and the driving force behind the campaign to build a new Cancer Centre on a greenfield site near the M3. The campaign aims to raise £5m, and the new centre would save cancer patients having to do a 60 mile round trip to Southampton for radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
The concert comprised music written during the lifetime of Oscar Nemon, some by Jewish composers who were persecuted by the Nazis. Hannah and Lukas Medlam are the children of Charles Medlam and Ingrid Seifert, who founded London Baroque. David Owen Norris lives in Andover, and is Professor of Performance at the University of Southampton, visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, and a lecturer at Gresham College, where he is an Emeritus Professor. He performed the challenging Toccata Sur Le Shimmy, "Kitten on the Keys" by Irwin Shulhoff.
The evening was made possible with the help of Cathy Ossleton, Sheila Richards and Jenny Saunders who helped with the organisation, the flowers, canapes and the raffle.
The Barn was made available by the generosity of John and Ruth Paterson.