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Night of music will help fight blindness.

READERS are invited to an evening of popular classical music this autumn, which will help in the fight against blindness.

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Music for Sight will take place at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, on October 30 and will feature soprano Denise Leigh, pianist Simon Callaghan, and the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

It is the first major concert for the RP Fighting Blindness charity, and it is hoped funds will be raised from the performance, which starts at 7.30pm, for the good cause's continued search for a cure for retinitis pigmentosa.

Ms Leigh made her operatic debut in 2003 after winning Channel 4's Operatunity show. Since then she has travelled the world appearing in opera and oratorio throughout Europe, and elsewhere. She has recorded two best selling albums on the EMI Classics label, and appears regularly on TM and radio. Ms Leigh has retinitis pigmentosa and is blind.

The concert programme reveals she will perform works from Handel, Verdi, Dvorak and Bernstein.

Mr Callaghan, 26, who is carving an enviable reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, one of music's most romantic pieces.

Other items scheduled are John Williams' Suite from Harry Potter, and Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'.

Those readers interested in attending can find out more details and book tickets at www.musicforsight.org.uk.

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Publication:Optometry Today
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Date:Jul 31, 2009
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