A leading charity has linked up with a top orchestra to release a new version of one of the best known compositions of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi to highlight the importance of leaving gifts in wills.

Cancer Research UK has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to re-release the Spring composition - with a third of the original notes missing.

The new creation has been composed to stress how vital gifts left in wills are to Cancer Research, funding a third of its work.

London-based composer Chris Roe said: "Vivaldi's original Spring is one of the most celebrated and famous pieces of music - everyone knows it in one way or another.

"It is an uplifting and jovial piece of music and, as a composer, it went against my natural instincts to take away a third of the notes.

"We wanted to make the biggest impression as musically possible and now the piece has been transformed to be tentative and uneasy. The impact is immediate and is a powerful illustration of the effect that a missing third of something can have."

Sarah Squire, senior legacy manager at Cancer Research UK, said: "Many people don't realise that gifts left in wills fund a third of Cancer Research UK's life-saving work, making legacy giving vital for us.

"Our work to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer has saved millions of lives but we won't stop until we've beaten cancer for good.

"We hope our new arrangement of Vivaldi's Spring will inspire supporters to continue funding that third of our work to enable us to keep up the pace of our research in the future."