The Calendar Girls are used to rubbing shoulders with celebrity – and now they share the Queen’s portrait photographer to launch Seasons of Love, a unique celebration of words, music and film at the Royal Albert Hall, 7 October 2012, 4pm and 8pm.
Photographer John Swannell, who took the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee portrait, travelled to Yorkshire to take pictures of the Girls for an article in May’s issue of Good Housekeeping magazine (out 2 April). Good Housekeeping are sponsoring the matinee performance of Seasons of Love to celebrate the remarkable ladies who created the first ever, naked, ‘Alternative WI Calendar’ and have since raised £3million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The gala show promises to be unmissable with contributions from the City of London Philharmonic, the West End Chorus, Stephen Disley and the Grand Organ of the Royal Albert Hall together with some of the VIPs and stars of the stage and screen The Calendar Girls have met along the way.
This spectacular, fund-raising event at the Royal Albert Hall will be a multi-media celebration of the achievements of The Calendar Girls, with the theme of love, in honour of their inspiration and the husband of Calendar Girl Angela, John Baker, who tragically died from lymphoma.
Seasons of Love will be created and directed by Hugh Wooldridge and his team who have supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research with ANTHEMS: The Concert with Kerry Ellis and Brian May in 2010 and The Night of 1000 Voices in 2010 and again taking place this year on Spring Bank Holiday Sunday May 6 at the Royal Albert Hall. Hugh’s long-time colleague, the distinguished West End maestro, David Firman, will again conduct; and evocative projections will be thanks to The Calendar Girls original photographer, Terry Logan.
Seasons of Love will bring together the City of London Philharmonic, VIP solo performers, the West End Chorus, the Royal Albert Hall organ and a few surprises, to take us through an emotional journey of exquisite music, shared memories and, no doubt, lots of laughter and many tears.
Alan Titchmarsh will be amongst the show’s presenters and many of the actresses from the film and play have also already agreed to join us.
Cathy Gilman, chief executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research says: “When that first calendar was launched in 1999 we couldn’t have imagined what The Calendar Girls would go on to achieve; a new awareness of ladies of a certain age, one of the UK’s most successful films and touring play and most important of all, the chance of a future for blood cancer patients where in many cases there was none.”
Tickets range from £20-£55 and can be purchased through the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 020 7589 8212 or book online at www.royalalberthall.com/tickets