On Saturday May 23rd 2015, a very special concert will take place at Guildford Cathedral in support of the children’s charity, Rainbow Trust. The event is inspired by Rowan, the daughter of composer Will Todd, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of five.
Over 300 singers, including a dedicated children’s choir, ‘Rowan’s Choir’ will perform Will’s The City Garden and Salisbury Vespers by former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott. It will see singers from Guildford, Salisbury and London, local children’s choirs and Guildford’s professional orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, join together for an evening of wonderful music celebrating life, love and the joy of working together to benefit others.
Here Will talks about his experiences:
“This is a charity that is so close to my heart. I would love to see the cathedral packed full, so that we can raise as much money as possible to keep this wonderful work going strong.
Our daughter Rowan was diagnosed with Neorofibrosis Type 1 in 2009. In particular, she had a tumour on her optic nerve that was gradually diminishing her sight as well as threatening her overall health. She began chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital and since then has had two intensive periods of treatment; the first for 18 months.
It’s hard work supporting an ill child; as well as being a worrying experience, there are also the practicalities of life which must carry on – working, other children, normal things – that become more difficult when you are plunged into a situation like ours.
Our day-to-day life has been wonderfully supported by the Rainbow Trust, which has offered valuable practical support, taking Rowan and her mum to the many hospital appointments, leaving me free to work and look after our other children. They really have been a god-send!”