Powerful film explores the theme of hidden disabilities

ROSE LESLIE STARS IN THE FIRST EVER PIANO-MUSIC VISUAL ALBUM FOR  FABIO DANDREA POWERFUL FILM EXPLORES THE THEME OF HIDDEN DISABILITIES TO RAISE MONEY  FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CHARITIES 

Rose Leslie, leading actress from Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, stars in a powerful music video for British pianist and composer Fabio D’Andrea, who has created the first ever piano-video album.

Hope Reborn” is the latest release from the award-winning composer and neo-classical pianist’s “24” album – the first ever classical visual album – which consists of 24 original piano pieces (one in every  key), each accompanied by a music video starring a Hollywood actor and directed by Fabio himself.  

In “24”, Fabio explores issues around hidden personal struggles and in his seventh release, he explores  the condition Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As a supporter of the charity Overcoming MS, Fabio wanted to  show that MS can be both invisible but also very visible at times and increasingly so, as the condition  progresses. He has sought to portray this juxtaposition on camera and in his composition.  

The single, which is available to purchase from iTunes & Amazon, will raise money for charities Overcoming MS and the MS Society in the UK. This is the first time that the two charities have  collaborated for the benefit of the broader MS community, and this partnership will help to spread  increased optimism to those who live with MS, or are in some way affected by it. 

Rose Leslie says: “I have been a passionate supporter of the MS Society for a few years now, so  when they approached me to take part in this music video, I thought it would be a wonderful  opportunity to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis and to highlight the invisible symptoms that  people who are living with MS will often experience I hope that it will also provide a positive  message to anyone who does have this condition – that it’s still possible to live a full life. I hope  that this music video will help to raise vital funds for the MS Society and Overcoming MS as well  as increasing understanding of the condition.” 

Fabio’s previous music videos from the “24” album include “Something Left To Love”, starring Russell Tovey, star of American Horror Story, which portrays the isolation and trauma of mental health, in  particular the insecurities that artists and performers experience. 

Fabio D’Andrea: Something Left To Love 

“Love Should Not Hurt”, the fourth video in “24” stars Spice Girl Mel B, and tackles the subject of  domestic abuse, an issue which increased globally during the pandemic lockdowns. 

Fabio D’Andrea: Love Should Not Hurt 

An award-winning film director in addition to acclaimed musician, Fabio directed these visually stunning  and surprising technical works which shed new light on causes close to Fabio!s heart. 

It is unusual to have an artist support a number of different causes and when asked why he has chosen to  do this Fabio says: “Many of the famous composers in the past were able to address social issues of their time through their operas and ballets. Music videos are the modern equivalent creative  medium that let me address issues on a broad scale.” 

For Fabio, both the musical integrity and the opportunity to address issues that affect society through his  music videos drives his unique vision for this album.  

Being able to use music without lyrics, and acting without a script, I have found a  way to speak. What makes me so unusual as an artist is that my voice can be heard without me  having to say a single word. My music and visuals do all the talking.

Fabio

Fabio’s bold and thrilling vision has drawn support from around the globe, attracting a raft of famous actors, dancers and choreographers to produce his award-winning videos. Other actors who have filmed  for Fabio’s music videos include Natalie Dormer, Emma Rigby, Douglas Booth & Ellie Bamber.

The unprecedented album connects various art forms, and is part of Fabio’s visionary long-term goal of establishing a label to support other forward-thinking artists whose creative output stretches beyond the  confines of the current music-industry model. Set to an emotive soundtrack of Fabio’s cascading piano music, the video combines the three art forms – film, contemporary piano music and dance – to pack an  even more effective punch 

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Dowshan Humzah, Chair for Overcoming MS, said: 

Hope Reborn” has been an incredible experience and helps to share the Overcoming MS magic, as we remain passionately committed to providing renewed optimism for those living with MS. The video highlights the realities of living with MS and challenges some of the misconceptions around it, something our community and volunteers were thrilled to see being communicated so brilliantly. 

It has been a pleasure to work in collaboration with our friends at the MS Society, Rose Leslie and Fabio D’Andrea who continues to champion causes and charities so well. “Hope Reborn” also highlights how organisations can work together and creatively for the betterment of communities they serve, in our case, those affected by MS.” 

Nick Moberly, CEO of the MS Society said: 

“MS is an unpredictable condition and it!s different for everyone who lives with it. That!s why we!re so grateful to Fabio D!Andrea for making “Hope Reborn”, and to our supporter Rose Leslie for giving her time to play the lead role. We know it will do an amazing job to raise awareness of the realities of what it!s like to live with MS. 

“It was vital for us that people with MS were involved throughout. They shared their stories about their diagnosis and symptoms with Fabio and that fed into the development. We!re also thrilled so many of our supporters with the condition feature in the music video!” 

About Overcoming MS: 

  • The Overcoming MS is the world’s leading multiple sclerosis healthy lifestyle charity, here for everyone with MS who wants to take control of their health and wellbeing. 
  • Although there is currently no cure for MS, the charity helps people with MS live well by making  informed lifestyle choices.  
  • The Overcoming MS self-management program is evidence-based and provides clear, practical  actions to take.  
  • This program uses substantial scientific evidence showing how holistic self-care, alongside  medical therapies, benefits people!s physical and mental health.
  • Knowing people with MS can change their risk of deterioration through these lifestyle choices  gives hope to us all. 
  • Our vision is a world in which living a full and healthy life with MS is possible for everyone. 

About the MS Society: 

  • The MS Society is here to make life better for people with MS, through research, campaigning  and support. 
  • Research has got us to a critical point. We can see a future where nobody needs to worry about  MS getting worse – one where there are treatments that slow or stop disability progression for  everyone with MS. 
  • While we!re trying to achieve that – we want to make sure no-one has to face MS alone. • We have more than 240 MS Society local groups across the UK providing support and  information to anyone living with MS. The groups, all run by volunteers, offer a brilliant way to  meet others affected by the condition and help reduce isolation. A wide range of services and  support are available, from social activities and exercise classes, to therapies like physio and  massage. 
  • We also have a free, confidential MS Helpline. It receives thousands of calls every year from  people with MS or their friends, family and carers. Specially trained staff and volunteers provide  confidential and free emotional support and information on anything to do with MS, including  symptoms, treatments, disability benefits and exercise. 

About Multiple Sclerosis: 

  • Over 130,000 people live with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK. 
  • MS damages nerves in your body and makes it harder to do everyday things, like walk, talk, eat  and think. 
  • It’s relentless, painful and disabling. 
  • MS is unpredictable and different for everyone. 
  • Symptoms can include pain, fatigue, muscle spasms and vision problems. It can also impact your  memory, thinking and your mental health. 
  • Every year, nearly 7,000 people in the UK are told they have MS. 
  • Most people experience their first symptoms in their 20s, 30s and 40s when they’re working on their career or maybe thinking about starting a family. No-one knows how their condition will develop or how disabled they may become. It can be really scary and isolating. 
  • • It’s much more common in women than men. 
  • Approximately 85% of people with MS are diagnosed with the relapsing form, where symptoms come in sudden attacks then fade. Two in three of them will go on to develop secondary  progressive MS, where there is no remission and you become increasingly disabled. 10-15% of  people have primary progressive MS, where symptoms gradually get worse from the outset. 
  • There are now over a dozen licensed treatments for people with the relapsing form of MS, and  some emerging for early active progressive MS – but there is nothing to stop you becoming more  disabled as your condition advances. Thankfully, we have never been closer to stopping MS, and  with the research discoveries being made right now, we believe treatments that slow or stop  disability progression are a very real prospect.

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