Event of the week: Still Alice concert for Alzheimers

Composer Ilan Eshkeri

Composer Ilan Eshkeri - Credit: Archant

The composer of the music for Academy Award winning film, Still Alice, is set to perform it in a Shoreditch church with the same ensemble which recorded the original film score.

The film about a renowned linguistics professor who develops early onset dementia, shines a light on the way the disease can affect not only the individual but also family members.

Composer Ilan Eshkeri will perform the concert premiere of the suite of music on Wednesday November 25 at 7.30pm with the orchestra at St Leonard’s Church Shoreditch with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The concert will also include a newly composed suite from Still Alice, performed for the first time.

Eshkeri, said: “Being a film composer you have to be empathetic, you have to imagine what it feels like to be that character, and this is what I have tried to do by extending the themes from Still Alice to create these independent pieces of music.

“The start of the piece is about family, it is about warmth and love. Then the piece moves into losing oneself in brain disease, memories collide, time is no longer linear, reality is within grasp, there are moments of lucidity but then they are lost.”

Dementia is a disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and is marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.

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It affects 72,000 people in London including 1,293 in Hackney.

Tickets for the exclusive concert are £18.50, excluding booking fee, with special student and concession rates available. Visit www.seetickets.com.

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