Last week I was lucky enough to attend a Prostate Cancer Awareness jazz concert in the new Bramall concert hall at the University of Birmingham (UK).
Professor Nick James, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, gave an interesting short introduction and asked for donations for research and equipment. Even more importantly, he asked men to be proactive in monitoring themselves and presenting for early screening. He mentioned that research seemed to show that, for a number of reasons, prostate cancer is more prevalent in men of Afro-Caribbean descent in Birmingham.
The introduction was short and it took no time for the jazz musicians to fill this acoustically state of the art hall with their magical sounds. Sadly too many to mention but all of them gave their time and talents free of charge, including the wonderful Courtney Pine, who added his voice to Professor James’s and his saxophone to the concert.
Pyrotechnics may be a cliché but that’s what he does and brilliantly. Not to mention all the other musicians who showed off their talents to great effect.
Different singers and groups came and went and the atmosphere intensified until Courtney blew his way down into the rather staid audience and eventually everyone was up and dancing.
We all glowed with the warmth of the music and musicians as we came out into the cold, wet, dark campus.
So many of us have friends and family who have or have had prostate cancer that this was one way of raising awareness. There are many others and my friend and technical wizard, Matthew, has chosen to grow a moustache for this purpose as part of Movember! If any of you would like to donate you can do so at http://mobro.co/matthewdexter
Books: I am reading My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young on Kindle. This is set in WW1 and is an interesting and introspective account of various participants.
I am planning to join Ali’s Great War readalong in 2014 of books relating to The Great War for its centenary in 2014. Love the fact that you can read Gutenberg Project books online and enlarge them.
Technology: I was able to see Courtney Pine and many of the musicians through my lovely opera glasses provided free on loan from FOCUS, Birmingham…..