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Rufus and Martha Wainwright to reprise Christmas show at Royal Festival Hall ten years on

By | Published on Tuesday 23 July 2019

Rufus and Martha Wainwright

Rufus and Martha Wainwright have announced that they will bring their Christmas show, ‘A Not So Silent Night’, back to London for the first time in a decade this December. December being a particularly good time to put on a Christmas show.

In 2009, one of the guests to join the siblings on stage during their festive gig was their mother Kate McGarrigle, who died six weeks later from sarcoma. As it did back then, the new show will raise money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, the charity she set up prior to her death to fund research into the rare form of cancer.

Referencing his mother’s involvement in the 2009 concert, Rufus Wainwright says: “Ten years ago our mother Kate McGarrigle played what was to be her last performance ever at the Royal Albert Hall, which was one of the most beautiful and emotional nights of my life. Martha and I are honoured and excited to return to London to celebrate the tenth anniversary and Christmas”.

A portion of proceeds from the 2019 performance will also go to a music therapy programme for cancer patients set to be launched by Martha Wainwright in conjunction with Stand Up To Cancer Canada.

The Royal Festival Hall show is set to take place on 6 Dec. Tickets go on general sale on Friday via the Southbank Centre website. The Wainwrights will also perform the show at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on 2 and 3 Dec.