Drumoak teacher organises concert

ENSEMBLE: Shelagh with some of the talented young musicians set to perform in November
ENSEMBLE: Shelagh with some of the talented young musicians set to perform in November

A Drumoak music teacher has organised a concert in Aberdeen after promising to raise more than £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Shelagh Reid who teaches at St Margaret’s Girls School survived stomach cancer and set up the November 4 event to give back to the charity who helped her through the illness.

Guests who attend the show at The Music Hall are being invited to buy an extra ticket which will be donated to someone affected by cancer.

Shelagh has already raised nearly £18,000 with the help of generous friends, family and colleagues during a sponsored bike ride and Hogmanay ceilidh.

The theme of the concert will be reflected in the selection of American and Scottish folk music, to be performed by fiddlers from each of the three schools.

Talented young musicians from three of Aberdeen’s independent schools – St Margaret’s School for Girls, Albyn and Robert Gordon’s College - will perform together for the first time at the America Meets Scotland event in November to raise funds for Macmillan.

They will be joined by musicians from Aberdeen City Music School Ceilidh Band, Scottish Country dancers from Aberdeen-based City Moves, Ballater Pipe Band and Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, which will be led by renowned conductor Gareth John. Shelagh who has taught at St Margaret’s in Aberdeen for 17 years said: “It was always in my mind that I wanted to organise an event that brought together independent schools in Aberdeen.

“I feel it is important for youngsters to realise that cancer is not something which just affects older people – many of their peers are also affected, and need support from organisations such as Macmillan. When I was recovering from my operation, I spoke to many young folk affected by cancer.”

Macmillan’s Local Fundraising Manager, Jennifer Mitchell gave thanks and praise to the Deeside educator.

She said: “We are incredibly grateful to Shelagh and the schools for organising and taking part in this fantastic concert. We could not offer the much needed support to people affected by cancer in Aberdeen without fundraising events like this.”

The concert will take place on Monday, November 4, at the Music Hall, Aberdeen. Tickets cost £10 (under 16s - £5) from Aberdeen Box Office, Union Street.

For further information or to donate see Shelagh’s JustGiving page, www.justgiving.com/Shelagh-Reid.