Concert to remember the life of Fiona Irving

By Tristan Harris Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 09/11 03:43

A CHARITY concert, featuring Blackwell Concert Band, the Band of West Mercia Police and the Band of West Midlands Fire Service, will take place next Saturday (November 17).

The event, at 7.30pm at Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham, is being held to celebrate the life of Fiona Irving and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The police chief inspector died in 2010, at the age of just 36, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She wrote a book about her experiences, designed to help carers, friends, colleagues and relatives of people receiving cancer treatment. She was also passionate about raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The night will be introduced by TV and radio presenter Joanne Malin and feature a variety of much-loved classical music, including film themes, hits from the musicals and a Last Night of the Proms finale.

One of the co-organisers is Vicky Stock, who is secretary to Blackwell Concert Band and librarian for West Mercia Police Band.

Because of her musical links, she has wanted to put on a charity concert for some time.

She said: “I started out on my own cancer journey over two years ago in December 2009, and made a commitment at that time to help support Macmillan as much as I could as they were just so helpful and supportive to me.

“They offer information, financial advice, helpline support, and also the chance to campaign for things that matter to cancer patients.”

Tickets, which are £10 (£8 concessions), are available by calling 0121 244 1662 or 07845 897760 or e-mailing

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