Tenor and Cardiff Met Academic Associate Abdul Seckham played a starring role in a recent charity concert in aid of Welsh cancer charity Tenovus, which raised £3,000.
Abdul, also a PhD Student at Cardiff School of Health Sciences, was accompanied by his performance tutor Louise Ryan from Louise Ryan Vocal School at the Llandaff Cathedral concert, with many of the University's Events Management students helping to co-ordinate the event.
The Halloween event was supported by Santander Bank's Cardiff Met branch and hosted by the University's Professor Scott Fleming, Director of Research and Graduate Studies. Welsh singers Lynwen Haf Roberts and Caryl Parry Jones also featured with Tenovus' Sing With Us Cardiff Choir, which is one of 15 Big Lottery-funded choirs open to anyone affected by cancer from patients and survivors to carers or those bereaved through cancer.
Zimbabwean Abdul's numbers included Panis Angelicus, J. Massenet's Élégie, Ave Maria. He came to Cardiff in 2002 for his undergraduate
studies in Biomedical Science and Masters in Medical Microbiology. After studying Public Health and Preventative Medicine in the Caribbean he returned to Cardiff nine years later for his PhD, which focusses on the role of evidence based medicine and wound healing in 2011.
He has passed the Royal College of Music's ABRSM exams in singing, theory and bassoon and said: "Tenovus is a wonderful charity which I fully support, as it not only provides support for cancer patients and their families but supports research to help in the fight against this awful disease.
"I lost both my father and grandfather to cancer and really wanted to contribute towards a cancer charity during my time in Cardiff. Watching and hearing patients' positive experiences from Dr. Ian Lewis at Tenovus sparked my interest in working with the charity. I worked alongside Alex Smith, a Community Fundraiser there and thoroughly enjoyed the evening."
The University's Chaplain Rev Dr Paul Fitzpatrick delivered a blessing during the service as part of the University's continued support of the charity.