Pete Townshend To Play Charity Gig For Parkinson's UK

The Who Guitarist Is Playing At Parkinson's UK Charity Night At London's Royal Albert Hall In The Spring

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Pete Townshend has joined the line-up for Parkinson’s UK Presents: Symfunny No.2 event which is a mix of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 19th April.

The Who guitarist like many people in the UK and around the world has lost someone to a form of the disease. His late father in law and composer Edwin Astley died of Parkinson's related illness in 1998. Pete is also a friend of event organiser, James Morgan, who five years ago was diagnosed with the one of Parkinson's.

“I’m pleased to work with my friend and colleague James Morgan in the Symfunny concert,” says Pete. “My beloved father-in-law Edwin Astley, who helped me break into orchestral arrangements for some of my songs in the ‘80s, suffered and eventually died from Supranuclear Palsy which is a horrible type of Parkinson’s disease.

“Together we collaborated on several songs, one very silly fugue called ‘Football Fugue’ which I will perform on the night. If I’m allowed to speak, I can be funny too.”

The line-up also features Comedian Jason Manford, Rob Deering, Josh Widdicombe, Jack Dee and the team from I'm Sorry I haven't Got A Clue.

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