Star performs for Bakewell-based charity

Helen's Trust event with Dominic West and Lucy Parham 31/3/12
Helen's Trust event with Dominic West and Lucy Parham 31/3/12

MOVIE and TV star Dominic West treated fans to an intimate performance of a new show to raise money for Bakewell-based charity Helen’s Trust.

The actor, famed for his role in the hit TV series The Wire, performed alongside renowned international solo pianist Lucy Parham as a narrator for her self-penned Rêverie - the life and loves of Claude Debussy, which celebrates the composer’s 150th anniversary.

The duo took to the stage at the Upper Chapel, Surrey Street, Sheffield, for the concert of music and words with ticket sales raising money for Helen’s Trust which helps seriously ill people stay at home during treatment.

The evening concluded 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, who is the patron of Helen’s Trust, said: “It has been a complete delight to come home to Sheffield and perform with Lucy for Helen’s Trust.

“The charity is extremely close to my heart thanks to the support they gave my mother when she was dying.

“The audience for Rêverie was fantastic and it was great to interact with people in such an intimate environment.”

Lucy said: “Getting to debut Rêverie with Dominic here in Sheffield has been a pleasure. We had a great response and it’s been great fun to work on. We’re so pleased to see how generous people have been in supporting Helen’s Trust.”

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

Lucy Nickson, Helen’s Trust CEO, said: “The one-off performance of Rêverie in Sheffield has been a real treat and we’re extremely grateful to Dominic and Lucy for giving their time to help the charity.”

Helen’s Trust works to enable comfort and support when it is needed the most and removes 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.

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