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LINC Concerts At Cheltenham Racecourse

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The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) is an important local healthcare charity based at Cheltenham General Hospital that works to improve the care of cancer patients in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Worcestershire.

LINC however, doesn’t just cover Cheltenham, and while patients from Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean have to travel to Cheltenham for chemotherapy treatment at the Oncology Centre, for less intensive treatment they can visit the Edward Jenner Unit at Gloucester Royal. £450,000 was needed in order to extend the unit and in December last year, LINC was awarded a grant from the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund of the further monies needed to build the extension. LINC was awarded the grant because the Kay Kendall Fund felt that LINC worked so hard to raise money through its fundraising activities. Because of the rise in VAT and other costs, the project will cost at least £50k more than anticipated. In view of this and in spite of the award LINC is still appealing for a further £50,000 to ensure the unit is properly equipped.

So following on from last year’s successful concert at the Racecourse with the fabulous Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, this summer LINC is proud to present not one but two concerts.

Britain’s favourite tenor Russell Watson - known as ‘The Voice’ will be performing for LINC at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday 25 June this year. With support from Natasha Marsh, a Welsh operatic soprano, highly-regarded for both opera and oratorio, Russell will delight audiences with his charm and talent.

But don’t expect this to be an evening of serious opera. If his recent concert at The Royal Albert Hall is anything to go by, this will be more like a street party, while Russell, his post-treatment voice richer and fuller, shamelessly demonstrates British pride with Union Jacks and sing-a-long renditions of Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory as if this were the Last Night of the Proms. We can also hope for classical-crossover versions of Beatlemania and popular standards, Leonard Bernstein and glittery rat-pack fantasies. Source The Telegraph May 2011

This is an open air concert so you will need to take seating and a blanket. It’s great fun to take a picnic and the doors open at 6.00 so you can take your seats and enjoy your food and wine before the concert begins.

Tickets are priced at £40 each (plus booking fee) available from Cheltenham Town Hall: Tel 08445 762210 and the Everyman Theatre: Tel 01242 573573. There is also a group booking: Group of 10 people includes 1 free ticket (10 tickets for cost of 9) - £360 and hospitality packages are available: Tel 08454 224422.

And if Russell Watson wasn’t enough, the fabulous Alexandra Burke, winner of the X Factor 2008, will be in concert at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 26 June 2011. She will be supported by Rebecca Ferguson, X Factor runner up from 2010. This is a concert not to be missed.

Alexandra famously entered X-Factor in 2005 and while she made it to Louis Walsh’s final 16-24 category, the competition was ultimately won by Shayne Ward. However, it did not deter this feisty lady who began singing when she was just five years old. She re-entered in 2008 and won. Her debut single, the Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah, made it to number one and became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours selling 105,000 copies in one day as well as becoming the 2008 Christmas number one in the UK. She has been nominated three times for a Brit Award for Best British Single as a solo artist and achieved four number one singles including Bad Boys.

Rebecca Ferguson was last year’s X-Factor runner-up to Matt Cardle. Her beautiful, haunting voice made her a firm favourite with the audience and she is now enjoying a successful singing career as well as appearing in an advert for a well known brand of crisps!

This concert is not picnic style. There will be a selection of hot and cold food and drinks available onsite as well as a fully licensed bar. Tickets are on sale in advance £32.00 (plus booking fees) or on the day £35.00 (plus booking fees and subject to availability).

Cheltenham Town Hall 08445 762210 and the Everyman Theatre 01242 572573. There is a group booking: Group of 10 people includes 1 free ticket (10 tickets for cost of 9) - £288.

There is also a family package priced at £175 which includes tickets for 2 adults and 2 children aged 5-16 (no under-5s please or unaccompanied children under 16 - maximum four children in the care / charge of one adult), Gold Circle reserved space to watch the concert, hog roast or alternative and signed programme.

For both concerts other ticket agencies include Cheltenham Tourist Information Office, Gloucester Tourist Information office www.gigantic.com; www.seetickets.com; www.ticketline.com or direct from the LINC office: LINC, Haematology Department, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN. Telephone 08454 224422.

If you want to buy your tickets online visit the website at www.lincfund.org. Please note that a charge of 75p will be added for postage when booking online. Also applies to group bookings and family package where available. Car parking is free on both nights.

If you would like to read more about the charity, have a friend or relative suffering from leukaemia, would like to organise your own event in aid of LINC or help in other ways, please visit the website at www.lincfund.org and get in touch.