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The Prince of Wales hosts a reception for Marie Curie and The Duchess of Cornwall visits The London Chamber Orchestra

4th May 2016

The Prince of Wales hosts a reception for Marie Curie

The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at Clarence House today to celebrate 30 years of Marie Curie’s flagship fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

 His Royal Highness has been Patron of Marie Curie, the charity that helps people in the UK living with a terminal illness and their families, since 2003. Marie Curie delivers expert, hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance, and employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. 

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and today’s reception recognised and celebrated the contribution of volunteers who donate their time and skills throughout the year. The Prince met supporters and volunteers before cutting a cake to celebrate three decades of the fundraising appeal.

 

The Duchess of Cornwall attends a rehearsal at The London Chamber Orchestra

The Duchess of Cornwall attends a rehearsal at The London Chamber Orchestra

Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a rehearsal at The London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) and met children involved in LCO Music Junction. This education and outreach project brings together children from diverse backgrounds to create, compose and perform alongside LCO's musicians. Her Royal Highness is Patron of The London Chamber Orchestra.

The Duchess was met by the LCO Chairman, Mark Redman, before Her Royal Highness was taken to watch children rehearsing instrumental and vocal excerpts from I Am You, Brave and Strong – a new piece that was commissioned especially for the Music Junction project. The piece includes a theme ‘donated’ by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, former Master of The Queen’s Music.

The children present at the LCO today were drawn from fourteen schools and organisations across Havering, Waltham Forest, Kent and Berkshire and today’s rehearsal was the first time they had all come together following six months of workshops in their regions. Some of the children have only recently taken up playing an instrument.