Stroke survivor set to light up the stage

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An 82-year-old singer who had a stroke earlier this year will return to the stage for a charity concert on November 4.

In May 2017, tenor and singing teacher Charles De Long had a stroke. He was initially unaware that he’d had a stroke having lost the ability to talk but believing he was otherwise unaffected.

However, after seeing his general practitioner he found himself receiving treatment at Box Hill Hospital and Angliss Hospital, and then rehabilitation at Peter James Centre.

Just a few months on, Charles has now largely recovered. He is living independently, catching public transport, and importantly returning to his passion of singing.

Charles is organising a concert which will raise funds for stroke services at Eastern Health. The concert will feature the works of favourites such as Verdi, Puccini and Mozart.

He is looking to give back to Eastern Health using his talents.

“When I first had the stroke, I couldn’t utter a word. As recently as five months ago, I was still bedridden,” Charles said.

“Now I can’t wait to get back on stage. It’s a miracle that I can continue to sing - doing what I love to do.”

Despite the stroke, Charles’ singing voice still remains strong.

“I felt I wanted to give something back. Recovering from the stroke has had its challenges. However, in a way it has been a blessing in disguise, as it has given me the opportunity to organise this concert.”

Charles De Long and Friends will feature an afternoon of gems and excerpts from grand opera operettas, musicals and light classics.

It will be held on Saturday November 4 at Kilsyth Memorial Hall.

Wine and cheese will be served from 3pm, with the concert commencing at 4pm.

Tickets are $30, and are in support of stroke services at Eastern Health.  Click here to purchase tickets online.  


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