A massive effort to raise fund for Perth and Kinross Music Foundation led the charity’s chairperson, Mhairi MacKinnon, to form a team of abseilers, to descend from the top of the Forth Rail Bridge raising over £4751.50.
The event was supported by the Rotary Club of South Queensferry and Perth and Kinross music instructors and friends of PKMF, including Lynsey Paterson, Scott Barker, Iona Crosbie, George Annan, Ken Watt, Mark Jenkins, Sandy Warnock and Robert Warnock. Participants were encouraged to raise a minimum of £145 each but all exceeded this amount by a long way!
Thanks to Liam Bonthrone and Friends, Sian Voller, Ellen Mawhinney, Charlotte Heslop, Connor James Smith, Craig Douglas, Will Frost, and David Todd for a splendid evening of songs from lieder, opera, Scots Song and the shows.
Local tenor, Liam Bonthrone presented Perth and Kinross Music Foundation with a cheque for £1050.
The proceeds came from one of series of concerts that Liam is planning to give in aid of the charity which supports needy families by funding their children’s attendance at weekly orchestras and music groups as well as making it possible for them to attend music camps. Liam, who studied in Perth with Mrs Edna Auld, is now a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and is looking forward to furthering his studies with the Dutch tenor Amand Hekkers, in the Netherlands, later this year.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of PKMF, Mr Andrew Mitchell (trustee) said, “It is a great pleasure to see young people supporting other youngsters, not only by allowing them to discover the joys of music, but also to develop their skills to the fullest. Liam is a terrific role model having only recently benefited from the work of the local Music Service he is eager to make it possible for others to do the same.”
Liam’s next concert in support of PKMF will be in St John’s Kirk, Perth on Saturday 25th March, at 7.30pm when he will be joined by six highly talented RCS students for an evening entitled ‘Spring Voices’.
Tickets are £10 (adults) and £5 (children and students).
CAPTION – L-R Liam Bonthrone (tenor) with Andrew Mitchell (Perth and Kinross Music Foundation)
Perth music fans enjoyed an afternoon at the opera, folk and theatre in St Leonard-in-the-Fields church, all in aid of the Perth and Kinross Music Foundation
The generous performance of Liam and his friends raised over £1000 for the charity which assists families with the cost of tuition fees and supports their attendance at the orchestras and ensembles that meet after school throughout term time.
(L-R) Liam Bonthrone, Stephanie Maitland, Peter Norris and Sian Voller with Robin Versteeg (accompanist).
Thanks to Perth and Kinross Central Groups Elementary Strings, conducted by Mrs McKinnon, the Kinross High School Ukulele Group led by Mr Rose, Kinross High School String Group under the direction of Mrs Doyle, the Jambouree Singers accompanied bt Mrs Auld and the Perthshire Youth Brass Band.
Thanks also to our compere, Mr Allan Young, Coordinator of Perth and Kinross’ Instrumental Music Service and also to St John’s Academy Fair Trade Group for friendly catering.
Over £900 was raised enabling families on the lowest incomes to support their children’s instrumental tuition fees and attendance at Central Groups.
A Concert will be staged by players in Perth and Kinross’s Central Groups, together with other groups of young musicians, on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, in the Music Centre at St John’s Academy, Gowans Terrace, Perth.