By Harry Mottram: It’s a cruel disease that takes no prisoners – the devastating effects of Motor Neurone Disease has taken the lives of many people in their prime including Hollywood actor David Niven and physicist Stephen Hawking. The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) explains on its website that messages from the brain to the muscles begin to stop – leading to a growing paralysis – there is no cure but research is beginning to find drugs and treatments to slow the onset of the life-shortening condition.
There is more hope in finding a cure with a fund raising concert to take place in The Guildhall in Bath on Sunday, 20th August, 2023, performed by Bath’s very own international classical pianist Nurry Lee. On a post on her Instagram page she wrote: “So excited to be playing at The Banqueting Hall in Bath this 20th August 2023. Concert starts at 7:30pm and will be in support of @motor_neurone_disease_uk which is very close to my heart. Bath is my hometown, and this will be my first debut solo recital there. It’s going to be such a fun event, and I’ll have an amazing programme of music for the evening.”
The concert will feature music by the 19th century Polish composer and pianist Frédéric François Chopin who wrote primarily for solo piano and music also from the Romantic Period by the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt in what is set to be a beautiful evening of music – all in a great cause.
Some background: Jongsin Lee was the minister at Beechen Cliff Methodist Church and was well liked there: “a wonderful minister, taking a real interest in people” said Mike Priscott of the church. Jongsin returned to South Korea after his service here but sadly developed MND, now in a late stage.
Nurry herself grew up here, attending Wells Cathedral School and then the Royal College of Music. Since graduating she has become an internationally recognised professional pianist, and has returned to live in Bath.
On Sunday 20th August Piano concert in the Guildhall, Bath
For details of the Beechen Cliff Methodist Church visit https://beechencliffmethodistchurch.org/
The church has a strong Korean connection with a regular Korean Church service – and is a focus for Bath’s Korean community – another interesting aspect to Bath’s rich cultural and religious life.
To follow Nurry Lee’s career – visit her Instagram site at @nurryleepianist
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