Last night it was my pleasure to MC the second of two concerts in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Featuring instrumentalists and singers from East Lothian Schools, the event was held in the atmospheric hall in Haddington’s Town House. I was delighted to be able to announce in the vote of thanks that the events had raised £1,320 for the charity. Timing is everything in music and news had just come in that East Lothian Council, who were being thanked for the use of the hall, the printing of the programmes and the savoir faire evident in employing us, had just won two more national music awards – bringing the total to five such awards in three years!
Here are a couple of samples of last night’s music – Robert Burns’ The Lea Rig, sung by Zoe from NBHS: the-lea-rig Three Jigs, played by David & Callum from Knox: david-callum-three-jigs
I’ve just returned from a very rewarding gig, accompanying Zoe, a fine singer from NBHS, at the VOCAL Conference 2009, held in the Marine Hotel, North Berwick.
Thanks to Ian who, in addition to taking care of sound as we played, also operated my Zoom H2 to capture an idea of the performance in mp3 form – refuting, in one fell swoop, the current gender-based myth about multi-tasking!
The many delegates who thanked and praised Zoe in person after the performance confirmed my feeling that the music had gone down well.
Autumn Leaves: autumn-leaves
Ca’ The Yowes: ca-the-yowes
Healing You (Zoe’s own composition): healing-you
This final tune is available on a CD recorded by Zoe and two other artists this summer. Proceeds (£10 per disc) go to RNIB. If you would like to know more, please post a comment.