LEISURE: Cancer survivor sings up to thank all her supporters

Elaine Huckle, giving concert in Brickhill.
Elaine Huckle, giving concert in Brickhill.

When international recording artist Elaine Huckle was diagnosed with breast cancer, singing helped her through a very difficult time in her life.

Now Elaine, from Kempston, is singing to give something back to help others and she will be performing a number of classical pieces – including music by Strauss, Elgar and Greig – at a concert in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago and had a mastectomy.

She said: “I am not sure how I coped in the two weeks before my operation. My surgeon knew I was a singer and explained that he thought my way forward was to continue my singing.”

Elaine continued her studies with vocal coaches from the Birmingham Conservatoire and went on to perform songs and arias at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham with Pro Musica Chorus who travelled from London for the event.

Elaine added: “I honestly believe the singing in some way helped me – bringing me through the lowest points and made me smile again.

“Cancer Research UK helped me in those early days and now I can repay everyone who helped me. This concert is for everyone as cancer touches everyone.”

Elaine will be supported at the concert on Saturday, October 11, at St Mark’s Church, Brickhill, by friends Philip Bond and Ian Clarke on piano and Peter Gyles on violin.

Gemma Kitching, Cancer Research UK’s fundraising manager for Bedfordshire, said: “I am absolutely delighted Elaine and her friends have decided to perform to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We can’t thank them enough for all their support and want to wish them all the very best for their evening.”

Ticket details from the Central Box Office in Bedford. Call 01234 718112.