Cornish composer makes music in aid of breast cancer

A composer from Padstow is raising money for breast cancer – thanks to a beautiful classical piano track, inspired by her Mum’s illness.

A composer from Padstow is raising money for breast cancer – thanks to a beautiful classical piano track, inspired by her Mum’s illness.

Annabel Bennett (48) composed “Look In The Mirror” for her Mum Joan Bose (76) from Truro to listen to while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The track goes on sale on 1st March 2019 with all profits from sales being donated to breast cancer charity Walk the Walk, the charity best known for the iconic MoonWalk London.

At Midnight on Saturday 11th May, thousands of women and men wearing brightly decorated bras will walk a half or full marathon through the streets of London to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Annabel will be taking on the Half Moon (13.1 + 2 miles) and is pleased that her musical talents are enabling her to raise even more money for vital breast cancer causes. Annabel said:-

“When Mum told me she had breast cancer, I was devastated. After letting it sink in for a while I thought I have been, in many ways, very lucky that I’m able to retreat to my piano in the good times and the bad. Shortly after the news I sat down at the piano and what started off to be a bad day led into good moments of reflection and inspiration. I hope the music written for Mum can help many others. I’m looking forward to taking part in The MoonWalk for my mum. Walk The Walk is such a great charity and one very close to our hearts.”

Annabel’s Mum Joan Bose has just completed a course of chemotherapy at Treliske Hospital in Truro and has been told she is now cancer free. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 she is delighted that her daughter’s musical talents are helping to make such a difference to others. Joan said:-

“I love Annabel's music and I'm so proud of her talent and absolute dedication to her work. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2018 and was told that I would have chemotherapy, Annabel recorded a few pieces of her music for me to listen to during the weekly treatment. I found this so soothing and in fact positively healing. I was particularly moved when she wrote a piece especially for me called 'Look in the Mirror.’ I told Annabel about the wonderful charity Walk the Walk and how it grants millions for research into breast cancer, as well as supporting women and men both during and after cancer treatment. She immediately said that she would like to do The MoonWalk, release the single  'Look in the Mirror' and donate all profits from sales of the record to the charity. This is a way of expressing her love and support for me.  Breast cancer has changed my life and my family’s lives and I have found many positive experiences throughout the journey. I have encouraged many other women to have regular mammograms. This I know has really helped the whole healing process.”

Annabel Bennett runs a B and B in Padstow, where she is also about to open a new restaurant. Her music first became known when she was discovered in 2018 and released her debut ‘Solitaire’. Following this she uploaded a collection of tracks to BBC Introducing, under the pseudonym “Arthur Parker”. Music by both Annabel and her pseudonym “Arthur Parker” has been championed by BBC Devon and Cornwall, giving Annabel a new found confidence as a composer. At the same time, her Mum Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer, inspiring Annabel to compose this new track.

Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk said: “What a beautiful piece of music Annabel has composed - it never ceases to amaze me how our fabulous supporters find such unique ways of raising money and awareness. All of us here at Walk the Walk are sending lots of love to Joan for her continued good health and we can’t wait to see Annabel at The MoonWalk London in May”!

Don’t miss The MoonWalk London, Saturday 11th May. Power Walk through the Capital at Midnight wearing a decorated bra, as you raise money and awareness for breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk. Sign up


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Look In The Mirror

  • Look In The Mirror - Annabel Bennett
  • Available now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all good digital stores and streaming services.

The MoonWalk London

  • Saturday 11th May 2019, Clapham Common
  • This is the 22nd MoonWalk London
  • Two walking challenges are available: Half Moon (13.1 + 2 miles) or Full Moon (26.2 miles)
  • This year’s theme is “Disco Inferno”
  • All participants must be aged 13 and over to take part
  • The cost of entering the Half Moon and Full Moon is £49.50
  • Walkers are asked to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship
  • Entries are open at

Walk the Walk

  • Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive, set up and now runs Walk the Walk Worldwide.  
  • Walk the Walk specialises in fitness and Power Walking challenges. 
  • HRH The Prince of Wales is the official Patron of Walk the Walk. 
  • Walk the Walk has raised in excess of £128 million since 1996.
  • As a grant-making charity, all funds are raised for Walk the Walk are then granted to where the charity feels they will do the most good.  
  • Walk the Walk funds are granted to projects that not only support research, important to all our future health, but also support a variety of projects that are supporting cancer patients now throughout the UK. 
  • To date grants have been made to charities and organisations throughout the UK including Breast Cancer Now, The Breast Cancer Haven, Penny Brohn UK and hundreds of NHS Hospitals and Trusts which are supplied with Scalp Cooling Systems. 
  • The charity also has a Community Grant Fund which annually grants funds to smaller organisations working on the front line of cancer such as Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, Tenovus Cancer Care, The Christie, Cancer Kin, FACT and others, who have all received funds in the past enabling them to continue their work. 
  • ‘The MoonWalk’ is the flagship event of the charity currently held in London, Scotland and Iceland.