ENO orchestra cricket super 8s

Eight cricket teams comprised of orchestral, freelance and session musicians will compete in a tournament at Lord's on 21 October, raising money for the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The driving force behind the cricket tournament is English National Opera's principal percussionist Mick Doran. In the Summer of 2011, Mick was in the process of organising a charity cricket tournament in aid of us when he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic myeloid leukaemia.

We helped Mick through the tough recovery process, and are delighted to say that twelve months after his diagnosis, Mick is in remission and back performing with the ENO - not to mention wielding a cricket bat once more!

Mick's original plan for a fundraising cricket tournament has now become the ENO Orchestra Cricket Super 8s, raising money for us and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

For further information about the day and to find out who the teams are, head over to orchestrasuper8.com.

You can also make a donation by visiting the Orchestra Super 8s Virgin Money Giving page and sponsoring your favourite orchestra or group of musicians.

The tournament's patronCricket bat for auctionis cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, who says, "As you may know, over many years I have supported fundraising to try and secure better care, and the search for a cure, for Leukaemia. I would encourage all potential sponsors to support the ENO Orchestra Super 8s tournament generously."

Another way you can get involved is by bidding on a cricket bat signed by the Sky TV cricket commentary team during England's tour of India in 2011 (pictured left). The eight super-star signatures include five former England captains, one former England coach and two of the greatest bowlers of all time. Visit the auction site to place your bid.

All proceeds from the event and the auction will be split equally between us and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, so please give generously.

Keep up to date with Orchestra Super 8 developments by following them on Twitter and liking the Facebook page.

Watch Mick and some of the other players from the ENO team introducing the event and showcasing their skills!

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