Barihunk climbs Kilimanjaro to help aged musicians

May 20, 2014 by norman lebrecht


Gerald Finley – the Don Giovanni de nos jours – is giving up a lot of fat festival fees to climb Kilimanjaro in August. It’s in aid of Help Musicians UK, formerly known as the Musicians Benevolent Fund. You can sponsor Gerald and his two sons here.

They are looking to raise £10,000 for HMUK. C’mon Slippedisc readers, we can beat that.

gerald finley don giovanni

Gerald’s statement: I have been very fortunate to scale the heights of music mountains such as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger, Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic and also Winterreise, as well as having wonderful new music written for me. It seemed an appropriate moment and a natural choice to take on Kilimanjaro, acknowledging the help of and thanking those colleagues who have aided my musical treks. 

I know that Help Musicians UK have been key in supporting those who find themselves with challenges. We musicians don’t often qualify for straightforward assistance; Help Musicians UK can be there in the tough times. Please help them make a difference to those whose talents need support in difficult circumstances. Give me a tune/song/aria to sing while climbing, to keep the breathing and rhythm strong…!

Comments (4)

  1. Ziggy says:

    That link takes you to a sign-up of slipped disc, Norman..

    1. norman lebrecht says:


  2. Michael Volpe says:

    Barihunk? Are we valuing our opera singers by their looks? I think we should be told.

    1. norman lebrecht says:

      No, we’re clowning it for charity

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