Evening of music and laughter planned for Harpenden-based amputee charity

PUBLISHED: 19:25 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:14 18 August 2015

Alex Ainley - pianist, educator and comic

Alex Ainley - pianist, educator and comic


An Oxford-educated lawyer turned pianist/comedian (not a title you’re likely to hear again in a hurry) is putting on a evening of music and entertainment to raise money for the amputee charity, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH).

Alex Ainley - pianist, educator and comic.Alex Ainley - pianist, educator and comic.

ELoH’s founders, twin sisters Victoria Bacon and Sarah Hope from Harpenden, began the charity in 2011 after Sarah’s two-year-old daughter lost a leg in a tragic bus accident. The charity now provides funding and support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care.

Alex Ainley, who has, like Tchaikovsy and Sibelius, made his way from law to music, will be performing at the Radlett Centre on September 25 in what is billed as a “night of music and laughter”.

In the first half of the concert, Alex will play a number of classic piano pieces, including Chopin’s Prelude No. 16 and Ravel’s Ondine. Throughout the act he will explain the pieces with his own unique brand of humour.

The audience will then be treated to a selection of jazz classics by the Nightingale Jazz Quartet, who will be playing arrangements by all-time great jazz/swing musicians such as Quincy Jones, Billy May and Oscar Peterson.

Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope provides funding and support for child amputees around the world.Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope provides funding and support for child amputees around the world.

Isabelle Trick, ELoH charity manager, said: “I can’t wait to hear Alex play again. His last concert for ELoH was a huge success. Not only did we raise an amazing amount of money for child amputees but it was also an incredible evening.

“Alex plays the piano masterfully and his humour is wonderful. Not many people have experienced a mash-up of classical music and stand-up comedy before. It was hilarious, wonderful and it really works.”

For more information about the concert or to buy tickets, visit classicoolmusic.com. To learn more about the work ELoH do, visit ElizabethsLegacyOfHope.org.

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