Aliki Chrysochou at Radio Clatterbridge (Credit: @alikichrysochou)

Aliki’s Story

A soprano who made it through to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent has lent her dulcet tones to the airwaves at Clatterbridge.

But rather than singing, Aliki Chrysochou visited Radio Clatterbridge to talk about her experience with a life-threatening condition.

The Cyprus-born star is performing at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre tomorrow at a unique concert in support of World Encephalitis Day.

She told Coffee Club presenter Gray Hawke about how she lost movement and speech when she had the condition in her 20s.

“I am really touched that I have the opportunity to perform at this amazing event and also work alongside some truly amazing people who are so inspirational!” – Aliki Chrysochou, Soprano 

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain that can kill or leave those affected with brain injury that can devastate their lives.

Each day about 16 people in England alone contract it. Yet there’s very little awareness of the condition.

Dr Ava Easton and Aliki Chrysochou in studio
Dr Ava Easton and Aliki Chrysochou in studio

Dr Ava Easton from also came into the studio to explain more about the work of the Encephalitis Society and the excellent research being carried out at the University of Liverpool.

Hosted by the society and the university’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, Aliki will also be interviewed on stage by Guardian journalist Simon Hattenstone.

“Aliki’s talent and voice are amazing and it’s going to be a fantastic evening. We’re thrilled that she is going to play such a big part in the global event that is World Encephalitis Day.” – Dr Ava Easton, Encephalitis Society

Joining them is Olympic gold medallist swimmer, Rebecca Adlington, whose sister was an encephalitis patient, and former Emmerdale actor, Matthew Bose, whose close friend had the disease.

Gray Hawke with Dr Easton and Aliki
Gray Hawke with Dr Easton and Aliki