More performers announced for 10th and final Light the Night concert

Light the Night, a concert that raises much need funds for The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation, will be hosted by international musical therapist and hilarious YouTube sensation, Jan van de Stool and will be held at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on Monday October 27.

It’s the tenth and final show. For the past decade, an array of Australian artists have devoted their time and talent to help raise money for leukaemia research. This year’s line includes Esther Hannaford, Brendan Irving, Andrew Koblar, Elise McCann, John O’Hara, Tyran Parke and Adele Parkinson; iOTA; Tom Sharah; Tim Draxl; Kirby Burgess; The Idea of North; Alex Rathgeber; Lior; the cast of Wicked; Queenie van de Zandt; and Light the Night founder Shaun Rennie.

Esther Hannaford sings Special. Image by James Morgan
Esther Hannaford in King Kong. Image by James Morgan

 They’ll join previously announced performers Lucy Durack (Wicked) and Trevor Ashley (Les Misérables) as well as jazz chanteuse, Emma Pask performing with bass player Phil Stack. There will be a number of special guest appearances from past hosts including Rob Mills (Grease) and TV host Brendan Moar (Dry Spell Gardening).

Light the Night is inspired by Matthew Rennie, a brave man who fought a three year battle against leukaemia. Although Matthew passed away in October 2007, his legacy has lived on through Light the Night, providing inspiration and hope to many. The benefit concert was created by Matthew’s two brothers, musical theatre performers Shaun and Adam Rennie, with friends Monica Smith and Greg Smith.

Light the Night takes place on Monday 27 October at City Recital Hall Angel Place. For tickets and more information visit

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and was the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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