English National Opera singer is on a run

English National Opera singer is on a run


norman lebrecht

April 01, 2014

When a chorus singer had to give up her place ENO due to advancing multiple sclerosis, her colleague David Campbell could not stand still. He’s running the London Marathon to raise money for an MS centre.


david campbell


David explains he’s doing it ‘in aid of my colleague and friend Jenny Wilson-Best and the charity Revive MS Support which does so much to help and support her and many others living with Multiple Sclerosis. Jenny has been a regular member of ENO’s extra chorus for a many years and has inspired all of us with the way she has battled her illness while continuing to sing and perform opera for many of the leading companies. In 2011 she reluctantly decided to stop travelling from her home in Glasgow to London and instead concentrate on working for Scottish Opera, since then we at ENO have very much missed her wonderful artistry, her ready smile and rather mischievous sense of humour. A few weeks ago I travelled to Glasgow to visit Jenny and had a chance to look around Revive MS Support. The range of therapies and treatments they provide is hugely impressive, but what struck me even more was the friendly and very caring atmosphere that the staff provide. Jenny told me that she particularly appreciates having the opportunity to drop in and to simply talk with others living with MS – as well as their carers – and the chance, over a cup of tea, to swap experiences and provide mutual support to one another.’

To support David’s run you can donate online or text: DCJB – the amount – to 70070.

Previously on Slipped Disc: This record label chief is running for your life.


  • Jenny Wilson-Best says:

    Thank you very much for putting this in your Arts Journal. It’s a wonderful thing what David is doing for me and REVIVE MS Support xx

  • Nicolas Mansfield says:

    Truly heartwarming…..