Grand ges­ture for mu­sic so­ci­ety’s pi­ano ap­peal

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A CASH grant from Scot­tish Sea Farms has got Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s fundrais­ing ap­peal for a new grand pi­ano off to a fly­ing start.

The ex­ist­ing Stein­way grand pi­ano is 80 years old and the so­ci­ety is des­per­ately in need of a re­place­ment, which could cost as much as £ 30,000.

The £ 5,000 spon­sor­ship from Scot­tish Sea Farms has given the ap­peal a great start and the so­ci­ety is hop­ing to raise the re­main­ing funds over the course of the next 12 months.

Jeremy Church, sec­re­tary of Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety, said: ‘We are de­lighted to re­ceive this cash from the Heart of the Com­mu­nity Fund, as it helps us get the fundrais­ing ap­peal off to such a pos­i­tive start. We are hop­ing that other sup­port­ers will now come for­ward, as a new in­stru­ment is so im­por­tant to our young mu­si­cians.

‘The pi­ano is also used by the Mòd, the High­lands and Is­lands Mu­sic and Dance Fes­ti­val, by the Men­delssohn on Mull Fes­ti­val, the win­ter se­ries of con­certs, the Lorn Live Fes­ti­val and a num­ber of other mu­si­cal events which take place in St John’s Cathe­dral. In to­tal, about 500 peo­ple will ben­e­fit from a new grand pi­ano be­ing pur­chased, so we are hugely grate­ful to SSF for this ini­tial sup­port.’

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the Heart of the Com­mu­nity Fund can be found on the Scot­tish Sea Farms web­site www.scot­tish­sea­farms.com, to­gether with full de­tails of the cri­te­ria re­quired.

Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety needs £30,000 to re­place its 80-year- old Stein­way grand pi­ano.

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