The Alpha One Foundation would like to cordially invite you and your friends to our 2nd Annual Chopin Recital in The Mansion House on October 8th at 7pm. 

We offer you an evening of classical music away from the doom and gloom that has been dominating the headlines recently. Think of an evening spent in the elegant rooms of the Mansion House with a wine reception followed by an hour of enchanting music.

As you may be aware Frédéric Chopin suffered from chronic respiratory disease, probably Alpha-1, during his short but very productive life. The Alpha One Foundation wishes to celebrate his life and draw attention to research into respiratory disease, particularly alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (also known as hereditary emphysema).  As his condition greatly influenced his music we thought it appropriate to celebrate Chopin’s life and music annually around the anniversary of his death.  We hope to have representatives from the Polish and French embassies to commemorate his close ties with both countries.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Emer Costello has kindly invited us to use her residence in the Mansion House for the occasion. We gratefully acknowledge her generosity. The evening will commence at 7.00 pm with a wine reception and conclude at 8.30 pm. The programme will is mostly Chopin but will include works from other selected composers. The pianist for the night is the internationally renowned pianist Mr. Lance Coburn. Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance furthered his musical education in Australia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow and finally with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has performed and toured with the Central Florida, Israel and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Hibernian Orchestra (Dublin), WDR – Cologne Orchestra and several major Australian Symphony Orchestras. Donations on the night are discretionary but would be gratefully accepted.

Yours sincerely,
Professor Gerry McElvaney,
Chairman,
Alpha One Foundation
To secure your invitations please contact Kitty O'Connor at 01-8093871 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test. 
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, after cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic disorder in Ireland. It severely affects more than 15,000 people, with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease on the island of Ireland. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How Do I Get Tested?
The Alpha One Foundation provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme which is funded by the HSE. For more details ring 01-8093871 or email alpha1@rcsi.ie.