Bringing the House Down: A Concert at Glyndebourne for The Meath Epilepsy Charity

Sunday 10 April 2022, 3pm, at Glyndebourne, East Sussex

  • Opera singer Brindley Sherratt presents a special concert at Glyndebourne to raise money for The Meath Epilepsy Charity, a residential care home for people with complex epilepsy, where his daughter Amy lives
  • Features performances from world-renowned opera stars Fleur Barron, Jennifer France, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Sally Mathews, Huw Montague Rendall, Rachel Nicholls, Alexandra Oomens, Mark Padmore CBE, Nicky Spence and Freddie De Tommaso
  • Tickets are available now from meath.org.uk/glyndebourne, costing between £40-£125 (£300 for VIP tickets, including an after-show reception with the stars)

Opera singer Brindley Sherratt and his family are delighted to announce a special concert in aid of The Meath Epilepsy Charity (postponed from April 2020 due to the COVID pandemic), featuring a host of world-renowned singers at Glyndebourne Opera House on Sunday 10 April 2022.

Brindley’s daughter Amy is 31 years old and has a rare metabolic disorder, learning difficulties and complex epilepsy, with up to ten seizures a day. Her condition means that she cannot be left alone and, since 2016, she has lived at The Meath, a residential care home for people with complex epilepsy and disabilities. The Meath has been life-changing for Amy: encouraging her to have the independence she craves, while ensuring that she is always safe. 

Amy Sherratt says: ‘For me The Meath means I have made good friends and I have a very busy week! Having so many seizures is hard but I know I am safe and my friends understand because they have problems too.  I’m excited about this concert at Glyndebourne because I love the opera world and meeting Dad’s friends!’

Brindley and his wife Christina have organised the concert to raise vital funds for The Meath, which is currently full, with a long waiting list. They have been staggered by the generosity and support they have received from so many people who have made this event happen, including the acclaimed singers who are donating their time to perform: Fleur Barron, Jennifer France, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Sally Mathews, Huw Montague Rendall, Rachel Nicholls, Alexandra Oomens, Mark Padmore CBE, Brindley Sherratt, Nicky Spence and Freddie De Tommaso. The singers will be accompanied by Matthew Fletcher and Caroline Jaya Ratnam. The pledge-master will be Adrian Biddell.

The singers will perform popular arias and ensembles from opera and musicals and there will be a short screening of The Meath Choir film.

The money raised from the concert will fund a variety of life-enriching projects for residents of The Meath by bridging the gap between statutory funding provided and the true cost of running The Meath. 

Tickets are available now, priced between £40-£125 (£300 for VIP tickets, including an after-show reception with the stars).

Brindley Sherratt says:

A couple of years ago The Meath, who care for our daughter Amy, circulated a small fundraising magazine which got me thinking – what if we organised a fundraising concert and I asked a few of my singer friends to join me? The rest is history. Every single performer I approached signed up immediately and we now have a host of the finest classical singers performing at one of the most incredible venues in the world, all for The Meath. We’re raising money for a charity that already does incredible work but the funds raised here will enable new life enhancing activities and opportunities for the residents that would otherwise be unattainable. And of course we shall have a ball doing it. See you there!’

Lindsay Perryman, Chief Executive, The Meath said:

‘Fundraising at The Meath is essential to our ability to support the people in our care to live independent and fulfilled lives. Every day fundraised money benefits the people we support by providing them with 360-degree holistic care. This includes Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Complimentary Therapy and a range of exciting skills-based sessions that they need to lead, happy, healthy lives as independently as possible. Fundraised money is incredibly precious to us and we are immensely proud that over 87 pence in every pound donated goes directly to the people we support. We remain inclusive and, as far as possible can ensure that every resident is able to enjoy the same opportunities as their peers, irrespective of their disability or their personal financial position. It is truly wonderful that Brindley and his friends have provided people with the opportunity to fundraise for our vital work while enjoying a completely unique concert at Glyndebourne. I am personally thrilled that Amy’s creativity is the heart of this prestigious concert. The stunning poster design for the concert uses Amy’s original alcohol dye art work! At The Meath we support people who live with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities to enrich their lives, celebrate success and create wonderful memories. Furthermore, the funding raised by it will create a wonderful legacy for The Meath residents through sustainable projects.’