Milngavie Music Club has been awarded £1,00 from Waitrose to help fund an ambitious event to mark its 75th anniversary next year.
The award was made from the John Lewis Partnership’s Music Matters scheme, which community organisations from all round the UK can compete for by putting forward a proposal for a special musical event to their local Waitrose or John Lewis store. Only 30 grants were made this year.
Milngavie Music Club’s successful project is a collaboration with professional musicians from Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (‘McOpera’) who will work with East Dunbartonshire Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir as well as other community groups.
They will perform the Russian composer Stravinsky’s timeless musical drama The Soldier’s Tale about a soldier who sells his fiddle to the devil, and composer Peter Kemp will work with the young people to create a new musical work called A Milngavie Tale featuring episodes from Milngavie’s colourful history to perform alongside Stravinsky’s masterpiece.
The event will be staged next April in Cairns Church, Milngavie.
Music Club President Hugh Macdonald said: “We are honoured that Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership have chosen us from so many organisations for this generous award.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Milngavie Music Club to work with our talented young musicians and others in our community to create something special, celebrating the club’s 75 years of bringing world class classical musicians to perform here in Milngavie.”
Waitrose Milngavie’s Manager Amy Sharp said: “Music can make such a difference to people’s lives - it really has the power to bring people together in our local community.”
East Dunbartonshire Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir is open to all children across East Dunbartonshire from P3 to S7, and meet on Tuesday evening at Wester Cleddens School, Bishopbriggs. For more information or to apply to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0141 777 3138