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I recently had the pleasure of watching The English Roses, made up of sopranos Iúnó Connolly and Sophie Pullen, perform at an intimate charity fundraising concert at The In & Out Club, St James Square, London (supported by pianist, Yoko Misumi).
I was mesmerised from the first song. Iúnó and Sophie combine their vocal talents in such a way that present classical opera as both exciting and attention-grabbing. They sang a combination of solos and duets; from Delibes to Mozart to Puccini to Bellini.
The other beauty of the evening, aside from the music, is that it was held in aid of The Neal Turkington Nepal Project; a non-profit organisation set up in memory of Neal Turkington, who was killed in Afghanistan while on service in 2010. Neal was passionate about two things, the Gurkhas and his humanitarian work. To build a fitting legacy to him, Neal’s friends and family have partnered with the Gurkha Welfare Trust to support development projects in Nepal. The whole evening was incredibly humbling. Fundraising evenings such as this have kept his memory alive and given those who were close to him another reason to celebrate, do something positive and continue to be inspired.