A little more than a year ago I was diagnosed as having a pituitary gland tumour. Apart from messing with my hormones the tumour was also affecting my eyesight. Surgery was recommended and, for the secong time in my life, I found myself on the waiting list for an operation at Queen Square (The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery). I didn't have too long to wait as my condition was considered semi-urgent. The whole experience was a tribute to the power of modern medicine: a potentially life-changing illness cured with immense skill and kindness.
We are all aware of the problems facing the NHS in general and I want to show my gratitude by contributing to this particularly important area of medicine which affects so many of us. My life has been dedicated to music and I feel the best way I can help is to record a CD and sell it at my concerts and donate half of the proceeds to the National Brain Appeal. There are considerable upfront costs involved in making a CD and although I have generous assistance from Harrow School (they allow me to use their famous Speech Room and resident Steinway Concert Grand free of charge) I have to pay for sound engineering, editing, cover design and the actual manufacture of the discs. The costs will exceed £4000. My aim is to raise enough to allow me to divert all the proceeds from the sale of the disc to the National Brain Appeal: if I can't raise at least £3500 I will have to keep half of the proceeds to try to recoup some of the expenses. Any surplus money raised will, of course go staight to the appeal.