Jacqueline Curzon Fundraiser Concert in aid of Chai

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In December 2018 Jacqueline Curzon gave a fundraiser concert at Henrietta Barnett School. Jacqueline - who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer - decided to immediately put on a professional concert for the benefit of several cancer charities. The event raised over £5,500 which will be split between Pancreatic Cancer UK and Chai Cancer care.

Bringing women together from diverse groups of the community, she presented a feast of songs from the West End Musicals, interspersed with a selection of classical repertoire.  As a mum of seven Jacqueline knew many of the audience, who were visibly united in their support of her and this difficult journey. Jacqueline also invited her four daughters to the event: Yehudis (20), Harmony & Melody (8) and Juliette (4).

Jacqueline was joined by her friend Debbie Diamond, and Miriam Kramer, both professional concert violinists. The audience were treated to an exciting performance of classical pieces including the Bach Double Concerto in D minor. Jacqueline joked that she had been trying to get these ladies together for many years, but it was certainly worth the wait.

A familiar face to many, she appeared on the Channel 4 Jewish Mum of the Year (2012) in which she was a vibrant and highly deserving finalist. She showed during the concert her outgoing personality and irrepressible sense of humour, often cracking jokes and regaling the audience with funny anecdotes and stories.

As the evening weaved its magic, Jacqueline explained her reasons for choosing many of the songs, some poignant and obviously driven by the journey she finds herself on. Included were several songs she composed herself and recorded several years ago. But this was no sad or melancholy occasion, as she had the audience engaging in show numbers such as Sit Down, you’re rocking the Boat.

Working alongside Jacqueline to make this all a reality was her Event Dream Team: - Ilana Ackerman and Debbie Issacharoff. A special thank you to Lara Minsky Photography for capturing the atmosphere and magic of the evening. Also, joining forces to raise funds for PCUK was Tanya Garber who coordinated a spectacular raffle with a host of glittering prizes.Generous donations were kindly made by local businesses: Sushi Haven, Tapuach, Kay’s, Global Kosher, Daniel’s, Mr. Baker, Munch ‘n Crunch, Cakes by Shoshi, Jenny’s Cakes, Pret-A-Platter, Finebake, Parkway Patisserie, Goldy Roberts (Makeup), Malka’s Peanut Chews, Denise Dome (Wig Specialist), Balloons with Love by Rosena Levy, Flowers by Miri, Sara Strom, City Printing & Essential Housewares.

Jacqueline has been keeping a journal since the onset of her treatment as a way of sharing her journey:  https://whenallissaidanddone.home.blog/  and has included interesting stories from her life.  Jacqueline [Yocheved bas Sara] is very grateful to the whole community, including Chai, who are providing both practical and emotional support at this time.