Every year London’s Chocolate Festival is a real treat, for its combination of high quality chocolate and creative designs. I didn’t forget the chronic pain and fatigue completely but I did get totally absorbed in marvelling at and enjoying the chocolate on show. On Saturday, old-fashioned irons and horseshoes jostled with spanners and lightbulbs, all made out of ‘rusty-looking’ chocolate! This year though, the main draw wasn’t the confectionary, it was the chance to see my friend Tanya Cristina perform self-penned British soul from her album ‘Small Woman, Big Voice’, with an occasional cover thrown in. Uplifting, smooth, powerful vocals were given emotional intensity that I feel is often lacking when others sing. With Tanya, you can tell that she really is singing from the heart and it’s all she’s ever wanted to do. My sister and I were touched that she dedicated her version of ‘Hallelujah’ to us.
Tanya Cristina will be performing with her band at Kings Place in central London on 31st May to fulfil a promise she made to her mother Beatriz, who passed away last year. Tanya and her band are declining payment to is raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who work to improve the lives of everyone with cancer, with practical, medical and financial support. Unfortunately, like many people, I can count on more than one hand the number of close relatives who have passed away after living with cancer. I’d like to shout out from the rooftops about Tanya’s concert. Not only will it be an amazing experience hearing Tanya sing, accompanied by a fantastic band, it will be a wonderful, heartfelt tribute to her mum. So if you love soul music and are around in London on 31st May at 7.30pm, what are you waiting for?!