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Photo: Daniel Baremboim conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Jacqueline du Pré tribute concerts raise £1 million

Thanks to the generosity of Maestro Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and Southbank Centre, we are £1 million closer to stopping MS.

An endearing tribute

Globally celebrated conductor Maestro Daniel Barenboim performed two concerts in October as a tribute to his wife Jacqueline du Pré. Jacqueline was an internationally acclaimed cellist who lived with MS. She passed away at the age of just 42.

To mark the 30th anniversary of her death, Maestro Barenboim led the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 and Strauss’ Don Quixote. The Financial Times described the performance as “brazen, instinctive, and impassioned”.

A giant step forward

All the funds raised by the concerts – through ticket sales, sponsorship, dinners and an auction – will go towards the Jacqueline du Pré Tribute Fund as part of our Stop MS Appeal. Our ambition is to raise £100 million for MS research.

Coming together to stop MS

Michelle Mitchell, our CEO, said: “We’re delighted to have raised such an incredible sum for MS research. Jacqueline was one of the most talented cellists in history, and these concerts were a beautiful way of recognising her legacy while also making tremendous strides towards stopping MS.

“We’re very grateful to Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Southbank Centre and all our sponsors and patrons for making these concerts such a success. And to everyone who joined us in paying tribute to Jacqueline du Pré, your support is helping us change what it means to live with MS.”