Top actor presents charity piano evening

Actor Dominic West revisits Westbourne School where he attended his first acting classes
Actor Dominic West revisits Westbourne School where he attended his first acting classes

ACTOR Dominic West is treating fans to an exclusive performance alongside renowned international solo pianist Lucy Parham in aid of Bakewell-based charity Helen’s Trust.

The one-off event comprising words and music will see West, who is the trust’s patron, take to the stage at the Upper Chapel, Surrey St, on Saturday, March 31, at 7:30pm.

West will play the role of narrator for Parham’s self-penned Rêverie - the life and loves of Claude Debussy which celebrates the composer’s 150th anniversary.

The evening will conclude with a half-hour question and answer session, giving audience members the chance to put their burning questions about the performance directly to West and Parham in person.

Dominic said: “Having the opportunity to perform back in my home area is always a buzz for me.

“Lucy’s work is inspirational and I’m honoured to be able to work alongside her, raising money for such a worthy charity as Helen’s Trust in the process.”

Parham added: “It was my life-long passion for the music of Schumann that inspired the original concept of my words and music evenings.

“I’m pleased to be able to bring my latest show to Sheffield with Dominic and raise funds for the vital work Helen’s Trust does.”

Reverie is the fourth biographical programme of composers’ words and music to be compiled and scripted by Parham.

The evening will tell the tale of Debussy’s complex intellectual and emotional world including the entangled love life that brought illicit trysts in Jersey, a brush with a revolver and even a suicide attempt.

Lucy Nickson, Helen’s Trust CEO, said: “We are delighted be able to offer music and theatre-lovers the opportunity to attend this special one-off performance.

“Having such brilliant performers giving their time to raise money for Helen’s Trust is an honour.”

Helen’s Trust works to enable comfort and support when it’s needed the most and to remove the barriers that may prevent a person from staying at home.

“The Trust works creatively to fund all types of care and equipment, including nursing support, sitters, personal care and support with running the home as needed.”

Tickets for Rêverie cost £23 each. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets should email tickets@helenstrust.org.uk or call 01629 812759. Tickets are limited to six per person.