Reading add to star sparkle for Sarcoma UK

Mark Llewelyn Evans

The band recently performed in The Poets’ Church in London playing its part in raising funds for Sarcoma UK at their Christmas Carol concert.

The band accompanied Welsh opera stars Mark Llewellyn Evans and the chart-topping classical soprano singer Ellen Williams on Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’.

The evening was also filled with Christmas songs, carols and readings by members of the sarcoma community as well as some of the UK’s best-loved performers including the West End’s Caroline Sheen, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Osmond and Dr Bambang Atmaja.

The packed audience also heard from Nick Anderton, the former Bristol Rovers footballer, who was interviewed by presenter Mark Llewellyn Evans. Nick was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in July 2022 after experiencing a sore knee. The 27-year old has needed 28 weeks of chemotherapy as well as an operation on his knee.

It saw him announce his retirement from football in April 2023 after a nine-year career that featured spells with Bristol Rovers, Carlisle and Barrow.

The band also led the carol singing opening with ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ as well as a solo feature with ‘I’ll Walk With God’.

Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments. It is the only cancer charity in the UK focusing on all types of sarcoma.

For more information about Sarcoma UK, please click here: https://sarcoma.org.uk