Norwich Cathedral’s master of music to run London Marathon for his daughter and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Ashley Grote with his daughter Emily

Ashley Grote with his daughter Emily - Credit: Archant

Norwich Cathedral's master of music, Ashley Grote, is in training on two fronts.

He is preparing to lead the Norwich Cathedral Choir and Norwich Baroque in a performance of Bach's St John Passion tonight as well as attempt the London Marathon on Sunday April 26 for his daughter Emily and in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Four year old Emily was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in June 2014, undergoing three major operations and two months of proton beam therapy.

Mr Grote said: 'Thanks to the wonderful care of all the medical team and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital, we are delighted to report that Emily is well on the road to recovery and a very happy little girl once again.

'Throughout my preparations to date I have been buoyed by an amazing level of support, which has already seen me raise just under £9,000.'

The performance of St John Passion is tonight at 7.30pm at the city cathedral. Soloists include William Blake (Evangelist) and James Oldfield (Christus).

Tickets £20, £16 and £12 (£5 for u18s sitting in side aisles). Call the cathedral gift shop on 01603 218323.