Book now for Jacqueline du Pré Tribute concert

Published date: 26 Jan 2017 at 7:54AM

Conductor Daniel Barenboim takes applause with The West Eastern Divan Orchestra

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Globally acclaimed conductor, Daniel Barenboim, has anounced a performance at Royal Festival Hall this October to raise funds for MS research.

A tribute to Jacqueline du Pré

The concert will be a tribute to the acclaimed cellist, Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel’s wife of 20 years. Jacqueline had MS and died aged just 42. This October marks the 30th anniversary of her death.

She was recognised as one of the most talented cellists in history before her illness forced her to give up playing. 

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Exclusive appearance

Daniel first performed at Royal Festival Hall aged only 13. He's returned many times since, but this will be the first time he's appeared there with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Music without borders

Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra defies political divides and brings together Palestinian, Israeli and other Arab musicians who live and perform together. This first appearance at Royal Festival Hall will feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 and Strauss’s Don Quixote, with the young Austrian-Persian cellist Kian Soltani as soloist.

Raising the baton for MS

All funds raised by the concert will go towards the Jacqueline du Pré Tribute Fund as part of our Stop MS Appeal. The Stop MS Appeal aims to raise £100million for MS research.

Over the next ten years, this work has great potential to change the course of MS and transform the quality of life for everyone living with MS.

Speaking about the event, Daniel Barenboim says:

“Progress is being made in the fight against this unpredictable illness, but there is still so much to do. Therefore, every effort must be made to work towards finding a cure. I am honoured to be conducting this tribute concert at Royal Festival Hall to raise funds for MS research in support of the MS Society.”

Tickets on sale

Tickets for the concert are on sale now from the Royal Festival Hall, but availability is limited so do hurry.

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Page last updated: 13 Feb 2017

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