James Morgan and Juliette Pochin, are a musical power couple who formed Morgan Pochin Music Productions whilst undergraduates at Cambridge. They have since gone on to work in a huge variety of fields, from EMMY award winning TV series to UK album chart successes, feature films and compositions for the concert platform and stage.
Support for Parkinson’s UK
I suffered symptoms for years before my diagnosis
In 2012, James was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s at the age of 42. James says, “I suffered symptoms for years before my diagnosis, but I continuously put them down to something else. It wasn’t until I was on stage conducting a concert in Denmark and my arm started flapping uncontrollably, that afterwards Juliette insisted I saw a doctor.”
James diagnosis came a week before Christmas, this was a very difficult time for them and their family of three young children. James decided not to go public with the news for fear of anyone treating him differently. However after spending a year in denial, and with support of Juliette he decided to stage an event to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s and fundraise for Parkinson’s UK, and so Symfunny was born.
Symfunny is a night like no other, bringing together the best of musicians and comedians from across the country. The hugely successful 2014 event featured a star studded line up including Alfie Boe, Armstrong and Miller, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Manford and the pub landlord himself Al Murray and raised £125,000 for Parkinson’s research.
Following the success of the 2014 event James and Juliette are back with Symfunny No.2 and another star studded line up including Jack Dee and the I’m sorry I haven’t a Clue team, Katie Melua, Josh Widdicombe, Pete Townshend, Rob Deering and Collabro. All of who will be joined on stage our fantastic host Jason Manford and a full orchestra and live choir.
James said “This evening not only allowed me to prove that I'm still here and working, but also to use what I know best to raise awareness of this cruel condition and help others by raising vital funds to continue the research to find a cure.”