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Highgate choir sing in memory of late member who died from cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 July 2013

Members of Highgate's Singing in London choir

Members of Highgate's Singing in London choir

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A Highgate choir has performed in a charity concert in memory of a much-missed member who lost his battle with cancer.

The memorial event was organised by Idit Gold, founder of the Singing in London choir. The group performed music from well-known musicals at the Highgate United Reformed Church on Saturday with all money raised going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead cared for Christopher Higgins, who sang with the choir for five years before dying of liver cancer last year.

Ms Gold said: “Chris was the most dedicated man – he couldn’t sing but he had the passion for music and developed a talent. He slowly built both technique and confidence up to the point when he eventually felt able to sing solo.

“He developed liver cancer in early spring 2012. He suddenly disappeared from the club without saying anything.

“We thought maybe he’d gone on holiday or left the club. He suddenly came back in September and looked very ill.

“He had lost a lot of weight but still found the energy to continue singing.”

Mr Higgins’ health declined to such a point that he moved into the Marie Curie Hospice in Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, last October.

He died just days after arriving but the Singing in London choir did not leave him to spend his final moments alone.

“The choir was singing for him on his last day, right up until he closed his eyes for the last time,” said Ms Gold.

“The nurses were moved. The hospice was wonderful to him – the nurses were fantastic, so thoughtful and caring. He was very shy but you could see how important music was to him. Singing brought out a new side to Chris.”

Singing in London normally performs a summer concert but Ms Gold, speaking before the event said this time round it would have extra significance.

“It’s important because it’s such a special cause,” she said. “This concert is to celebrate his life. He was a very cheerful guy.”

Songs performed included hits from well known musicals including Oliver, My Fair Lady, Top Hat and more.

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