On 9th March, Head of Strings at Dean Close School, the Carducci Quartet, will hold a special concert to raise funds for a charity very close to their heart. Two members of the Quartet, Emma and Matt Denton, have a young son who has been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), an inherited condition of the eye that leads to loss of vision and blindness.

Ten year old Charlie is already completely deaf but has implants which allow him to have good hearing. When he was nine, Charlie was selected to give a speech in the House of Commons about his condition. Described by his parents as a very resilient and proactive boy, he was also selected for the GB Deaf Tennis Squad, voted Chairman of his Primary School Council and loves music, playing the violin, piano and guitar.

Emma and Matt Denton, make up one half of the Carducci Quartet, an internationally renowned group who won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2016. This year they will open the Cheltenham Music Festival with two concerts at Syde Manor. They have headed the Strings Department at Dean Close School since 2011 and will be holding their very special concert in the Prince Michael Hall in March to raise funds for the charity, RP Fighting Blindness.

The concert, which will last for an hour, will start with a joyful Haydn piece, followed by an emotional and short piece by Webern. The final piece, Serioso by Beethoven, was written when the composer was suffering with deafness. Charlie will also speak on the occasion which has free admission.

Carducci member, Eoin Schmidt-Martin says: “I am so inspired by my Godson Charlie, who has taken on every challenge that has come his way with such courage. He is so determined and hard working in everything he does, at school, in music, tennis, everything, despite having been deaf since he was a baby. Now that he has been diagnosed with RP, there is a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds for him but RP Fighting Blindness are working tirelessly to support families like the Dentons and to fund research. I am honoured to help them and Charlie and hope we can raise a lot!”

Further fundraising efforts this year include Emma and Charlie taking part in a number of races, (Emma 40 runs and Charlie 10) including an inflatable race, a football stadium race and a colour run. Eoin is also planning to run his first marathon this year to boost funds.

If you would like to attend the Carducci concert, it takes place at 7.00pm on Thursday 9th March in the Prince Michael Hall at Dean Close School. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

If you would like to donate to the charity, please follow this link Virgin Money Giving | Fundraising | Running for Charlie’s fundraising page