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Brass music brings therapy to cancer patients

Sunday 1 December, 2019

A new album produced by Tabby Kerwin of Mode for… and featuring the music of her husband Simon Kerwin has been bringing joy to the wards of the Leeds Cancer Centre at St James’ Hospital. 

Lago, which features 18 tracks performed by the Rothwell Temperance Band under the direction of David Roberts and recorded by KMJ Recordings, was released in November on the first anniversary of Simon’s death, following four months of treatment for cancer at The Bexley Wing. The album was reviewed in last week’s edition of British Bandsman. 

Tabby took the opportunity to visit patients on some of the treatment wards at The Bexley Wing and introduce them to the music, with a donation of 25 CDs and nine personal CD players to be used by patients when receiving treatment on three different wards. 

Tabby revealed: "It was such an honour and so humbling to visit the Bexley Wing this week and chat with some of the patients about their cancer treatment, Simon’s story and musical legacy and the music on the album. Receiving treatment can be challenging and time consuming, which is why I wanted to create an opportunity for something different for the patients to do whilst they are receiving treatment.

“I wanted to use Simon’s brass band music as a therapy and share my husband’s musical legacy and our story through the music which is brilliantly performed by Rothwell Temperance Band. The band will also be giving a special performance of one of the CD tracks and new Mode for… Publishing music release Angels, joined by vocal group, Let’s Sing 26, in its concert in Wakefield Cathedral on Monday, December 16.” 

Tabby added: “A donation from sales of the CD have been going to Jacqui’s Million Fund which benefits cancer patients, just like Simon, at The Bexley Wing and it was lovely to meet up with the inspiration behind the fund, Jacqui Drake, as she also received treatment on Monday.  

“So far I have raised over £5000 in Simon’s memory for the fund and I’m looking forward to doing more for this great cause and the benefit and welfare of patients at this outstanding centre for cancer care through musical events and activities.” 

The CD can be purchased at the Mode For website.