Due to the recent earthquakes in Nepal, my 2015 collaborative local community and RWCMD Junior Conservatoire student concert will have a charitable focus. One of my adult learners, Dr. Emma Mason, is a trustee of the International Porter Protection Group, (www.ippg.net). The IPPG is a small charity which is working closely with a number of other charities in Nepal (Community Action Nepal and Porters Progress UK) to provide not just emergency aid to the remote, mountainous areas in which they operate, but also to continue with their long term projects providing medical equipment and personnel and other support to the local communities.
My private and Young RWCMD students all work very hard throughout the year, and this concert is an opportunity for them to perform in front of a small audience, and to raise some much needed funds for the Nepal disaster. Performance time and seating space permitting, I have also asked other piano teachers if any of their students would like to join us to make this event as successful as possible.
I am charging a very small entrance fee (£2.50 each) to students and their friends and family, which could raise as much as £500, but IPPG desperately need as many donations as possible during this extremely difficult time. You can donate to them online via http://www.ippg.net or by cheque made out to the International Porter Protection Group. Please give as much or as little as you can; every penny helps.
I am extremely grateful to Cardiff University School of Music, who have very kindly donated the use of their state of the art concert hall in Corbett Road for the occasion, and are also paying to staff the building with their very friendly and helpful security and portering staff. The University Concert Hall seats 200 and houses two concert grand pianos (a Steinway and a Bösendorfer), one of which will be used for the concert.
Although this is a fundraising concert, due to the amount of children taking part (some of whom are nervous about performing) the concert itself is a closed event. This means that tickets are not available to the general public. The students are all aware, however, of the effect that their hard work and musical achievements are having on the appeal for funds, and Drs. Emma and Nick Mason, both of whom are trustees of IPPG, will be present at the concert, along with their daughter Milly (pictured above) who will hopefully be performing.
Also in aid of these three charities is the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, which is held at the New Theatre in Cardiff on Friday 10th July. Please buy tickets and come along!
Thank you for all your support,
Lynne and students