Wells woman makes album to raise money for cancer charities

A Wells woman who beat cancer just over a decade ago has made an album to raise money for other sufferers of the disease and fund research into it.

Christine Rayner, 59, a former music teacher at Wells Primary School and Astley Primary School in Briston, performed a series of piano recitals in Norfolk last October to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Since then she has been working on her CD. She spent two days recording at a mobile studio at a home in South Walsham and she has had it produced and mastered and taken on by London-based distribution and marketing company Proper Note.

The album is now available for �5 from Wells Granary Theatre and will be released nationwide on November 21. It is Ms Rayner's interpretation of 14 songs by the world-renowned Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi.

One thousand CDs have been produced and they will be available in HMV stores across the country as well as other music shops and websites.

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Ms Rayner will also be selling them from her own website, www.braveamazons.com and she expects that she will soon have another 1,000 CDs produced. They can also be ordered by calling her on 01328 711200.

She said: 'The album sparked off from my live shows. I played Einaudi songs then and they were very well received.

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'I was amazed that the distribution company took me on. I wrote to them but didn't expect to hear back. I asked them why they would take on an unknown pianist like myself and they said they thought the album would sell. They said Einaudi is very popular and also they were pleased that it would raise money for charities.'

The price of the album in stores is to be confirmed but Ms Rayner will sell it from her home for �7.99 and, when bought from her directly, �2 from each CD will go towards a UK cancer charity. When sold elsewhere �1 from each sale will go to a charity.

The charities she has selected are Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Children With Cancer UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

Ms Rayner said the rest of the money will cover costs and fees to the stores and websites and she would donate money left over to the work of professor Roy Bicknell, from the University of Birmingham, who is working to find an alternative cancer treatment to chemotherapy.

Ms Rayner, who survived breast cancer, said: 'This project is very close to my heart. I went through cancer and chemotherapy which was incredible difficult at the time, but I am grateful for that experience because I am here now doing something positive to help others effected by cancer.'

She added: 'The music of Einaudi is wonderfully calming and uplifting. It is not stuffy and boring.

'I saw him in concert at Buxton Opera House last year and it was incredible. I was lucky enough to meet him afterwards. He was aware of the project I was doing and was very pleased about it.'

Einaudi has written the following message for Ms Rayner's album booklet: 'It's very nice when music can help other people and I wish all the best to Christine Rayner's beautiful project.'

Ms Rayner said the album is dedicated to her grandmother and two friends who sadly lost their battles with cancer.

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