For the past decade, many talented Australian artists have donated their time to help raise money for leukaemia research. Hosted by international musical therapist and hilarious YouTube sensation, Jan van de Stool, this year’s line-up includes musical theatre stars Esther Hannaford, Brendan Irving, Andrew Koblar, Elise McCann, John O’Hara, Tyran Parke and Adele Parkinson.
They’ll be joined by the one and only iOTA; cabaret star Tom Sharah; crooner Tim Draxl; Dirty Dancing’s Kirby Burgess; a capella masters The Idea of North; Alex Rathgeber from Anything Goes; acclaimed singer-songwriter Lior; the cast of Wicked; the incomparable Queenie van de Zandt; and LTN founder Shaun Rennie.
They’ll join previously announced performers Lucy Durack (Wicked) and Trevor Ashley (Les Misérables) as well as jazz chanteuse, Emma Pask performing with bass player Phil Stack. There will be a number of special guest appearances from past hosts including Rob Mills (Grease) and TV host Brendan Moar (Dry Spell Gardening).
Light the Night is inspired by Matthew Rennie, a brave man who fought a three year battle against leukaemia. Although Matthew passed away in October 2007, his legacy has lived on through Light the Night, providing inspiration and hope to many. The benefit concert was created by Matthew’s two brothers, musical theatre performers Shaun and Adam Rennie, with friends Monica Smith and Greg Smith.
Shaun Rennie is thrilled to be celebrating ten successful years. “It is with great pride, much excitement and a little sadness that we announce that this years Light the Night will be our 10th and final event,” he said. “My brother Matthew was an amazing young man who has continued to inspire others to help in the fight against this disease for the past 10 years.”
“Having raised over $400,000 for leukaemia research is an incredible legacy. It seems right that this years Light the Night will be held on the anniversary of Matt’s passing, and we invite everyone who has been a part of the Light the Night family over the past 10 years to come and celebrate with us. It’s gong to be one hell of a show!”
All monies raised from this year’s concert will fund the Light the Night Research Grant that supports a promising new Gene Control in Acute Leukaemia project being undertaken by St Vincent’s Hospital’s Haematology Research Team.
Light the Night
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
Event: Monday 27 October 2014 – 7.30pm
Bookings: (02) 8256 2222 or online at: www.cityrecitalhall.com
For more information, visit: www.lightthenight.com.au for details.
Image: courtesy of Light the Night