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Music For Mums Charity Gig At Covent Garden

BY Boon Koh
Published 14 March 2010

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What day is Mother’s Day in the UK? For every husband, daughter, or son, the crucial date is Sunday 14th March 2010. But for Marie Curie Cancer Care, they decided to celebrate Mother’s Day a good 24 hours early on Saturday, with their Music for Mums charity gig.

The London Insider is one never to pass up some free live music, so we added a detour to our Saturday afternoon plans to pass by Covent Garden to be part of this event. While this Music for Mums charity gig was primarily to raise awareness of the  work that Marie Curie Cancer Care do in general, it was also part of their bigger month-long campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal. All money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will allow more Marie Curie Nurses to provide free care to terminally ill patients in their own homes, or one of the charity’s hospices.

While we didn’t manage to stay for the whole charity gig as our stomachs were rumbling for food, we did manage to catch part of Gabriella Cilmi‘s act. Gabriella is an Australian singer and songwriter, and is one of the up and coming artists that is going to make a bigger splash in the coming years. She is best known for her debut single, “Sweet About Me”.

What we missed: Darius, winner of the ITV’s Popstar to Operastar reality TV show, and Camilla Kerslake, a 19 year old classical singer from London, who has just released her debut album in November 2009.

All in all, the event was slightly low-key, with the gigs taking place in the corner of one of those basement pits in the middle of the Covent Garden market buildings. It would have been much better at raising awareness if it was outside on the cobbled stone piazzas. Still, any publicity for the Marie Curie charity is still better than nothing, and if you would like to know more about what they do or make a donation, visit their official website here.

Article written by Boon Koh.