Fifty resolutions

Gillian Watt - marathon runner and flautist.
Gillian Watt - marathon runner and flautist.

When Deesider Gillian Watt turned fifty this year she decided to do fifty things she’d never done before.

For years she’d watched the London Marathon but this year - as one of 50 things - she ran it, raising £2,000 for research into genetic disorders.

To bring her fundraising to an end, flautist Gillian has organised a concert at Torran Darroch in Aboyne this Sunday (September 23) at 3pm.

Brought up on Deeside, Gillian completed her flute performance studies at university in the US, and began a musical career in California.

She returned to Scotland, continuing to perform and teach in the North-east, including the University of Aberdeen.

Gillian has continued to play in recitals, orchestral and choral concerts establishing a successful private studio, teaching flute, in addition to raising a family of four.

Gillian said she chose to raise money for Genetic Disorders UK because she wants to help everyone have a better start in life.

“This is a charity we have supported at school and I feel it is a very worthwhile cause.”

Genetic disorders affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK.

The concert on Sunday is entitled ‘Autumn Consort’, and will be a varied programme with music ranging from Telemann to Gershwin and Schubert to Ragtime.

Performing will be Gillian Watt (flute), Angela Clark (bassoon), Richard Clark (violin), Marie Shanks (piano), Zoe Sayer (bassoon), Myrtle Watt (piano) and Andrew Leadbetter (piano).

Tickets of £10 and £5 (under 16yrs) can be purchased by contacting Myrtle Watt at 013398 86424 or

Tickets should be booked in advance as numbers will be limited. There will be an opportunity after the concert to enjoy refreshments and talk with the performers.