The famous conductor and musician saw first-hand the devastating effect the illness had on Jacqueline du Pré, his wife and herself a world-renowned cellist. 'MS can be a cruel condition,' he says. 'For Jacqueline I saw it destroy the very essence of what it meant to her to be a human being.'
But what is the condition? And how does it affect the lives of those who receive the diagnosis?
Many people have heard of multiple sclerosis, or MS, but not many will know about the symptoms, and the way that it acts on the human body. So what exactly is MS? This video from the MS Society explains more.
The work of the MS Society is critical to helping the 100,000 people living with the condition in the UK today, by offering support and funding ground-breaking research that will transform their lives, giving them hope for the future.
As Daniel Barenboim says: 'Progress is being made in the fight against this unpredictable illness and if Jacqueline had been diagnosed today, her experience of MS may have been more positive. But there is still so much to do. Therefore, every effort must be made towards finding a cure. I am honoured to be conducting this tribute concert at Royal Festival Hall to raise funds for MS research in support of the MS Society.'
There are still tickets available for what are sure to be unforgettable events, on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October.