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Chairmans Blog 15

by Unknown - 11:15 on 23 May 2013

CHAIRMAN’S BLOG 15

18 MAY 2013

We had an excellent meeting on Thursday (16 May) with a talk from Glenys Hughes about her work with the Malawi Music Project.  I think I can say for everyone how impressed and moved we were by the work and particularly by the dedication and enthusiasm of the children.  The quality of the singing, drumming and dancing was remarkable.

She started it following a sabbatical in which she visited Malawi and worked on teaching music in schools.  In 2006 a choir from Malawi came to the St Magnus Festival and strongly impressed audiences with their singing and traditional music and dance.  At that point she launched the Malawi Music Fund with the aim of improving the lives of some of Malawi’s most disadvantaged orphans through music and the arts.  Since then residential courses have been held during the children’s school holidays and the participants have developed into a fine children’s choir.

Part of the project is to fund some of the orphans who pass through the free primary education stages into secondary schools which are fee paying which the children would otherwise be unable to attend. Securing funding is vital to the continuation of this project.

If anyone wishes to make a donation, they can do so:

Malawi Music Fund
c/o  Glenys Hughes
Easdale House
Easdale Loan
Kirkwall, KW15 1RU.

The family history group has met for the first time and is beginning to get itself organised.  It will look to see if there is any practical merit in linking to the Orkney Family Society – certainly this would be of more interest to anyone from Orkney who wishes to dig further into their past.  Anyone interested please contact Dave Woodcock

From my last blog, a reminder that Kate Barrett and Marilyn Richards are happy to co-ordinate interest in the Discovery Award Scotland which can be found on

http://discoveryawardscotland.co.uk/

so, can all those interested please get in touch with either. The e-mail addresses are katebarrett995@gmail.com and marilyn_sums@hotmail.com.


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