Concert raises cash for Marie Curie


A Donside guitar teacher got well in tune for charity earlier this month after organising a concert for Marie Curie Nurses.

Leighann Esslemont, who teaches budding mariachis across Deeside and Donside how to master the instrument, has held three annual showcases of her students’ talents for friends and family.

She said: “This year, I booked Midmar Hall which they kindly gave me at a reduced rate as we were raising money for charity.

‘‘Fourteen of my pupils took part in the concert, the youngest being six years old and eldest over 50.”

The students dressed up as a Christmas Angel, Guns and Roses guitarist Slash, Axl Rose, Michael Jackson, and even Elvis shook a leg.

Friends and family all chipped in to help with setting up the hall, serving mince pies and mulled wine and donating raffle prizes (as did some local businesses).

Leighann said: “We raised £753 through ticket sales and raffles and nearly 100 people showed up to watch the show.”

“Holding a concert like this is not only a great way of raising money, but all my pupils get the chance to meet each other, play together, form groups and hopefully life long friendships as they all have a common interest, music.

‘‘They are all extremely nervous to begin with, but then come off stage feeling like superstars.’’

It was an evening filled with fun and laughter, made all the more meaningful by the fact Leighann and her students were raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses.

Leighann said: “They provide invaluable care for terminally ill cancer patients in their own homes, and my lovely sister-in-law had the care of these amazing people before she sadly passed away two years ago, which is why I’m supporting them.

“I am extremely proud of all my pupils as learning an instrument is a difficult thing to do and takes time and dedication, but it can also be an amazingly rewarding experience .

‘‘If music is in your life, then you will never be alone.”