Cash boost for Lochaber mu­sic group

The Oban Times - - News -

A £ 5,000 boost from the Big Lot­tery fund means a Lochaber mu­sic group can con­tinue to at­tract high cal­i­bre acts to the area.

Lochaber Mu­sic For All (LMFA), a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, or­gan­ises five con­certs be­tween Septem­ber and March each year bring­ing mu­si­cians from far and wide to play for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

As­sis­tant fundraiser David Hayes told the Lochaber Times the money had eased wor­ries the group had last year about cash flow. ‘ We were wor­ried about our cash flow and if we would have enough to pay the artists we had al­ready ear­marked. But our last two con­certs have been ex­tremely well at­tended,’ said David.

‘The Big Lot­tery money will cover our next sea­son. What we re­ally need though is peo­ple to come along to the con­certs, be­cause the whole point is bring­ing con­certs to the lo­cal com­mu­nity for peo­ple to hear artists they would have had to travel to Glas­gow or Ed­in­burgh to hear. That costs a lot of money. Now they can hear them on their doorstep.’

Lochaber Mu­sic for All held its last con­cert of the sea­son last Fri­day when renowned pi­anist Martin Roscoe per­formed at Lochaber High School to an au­di­ence of around 90 peo­ple.

David said: ‘We were re­ally lucky to get Martin to play as he is in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed.’ Martin, who has re­cently moved to Roy­bridge, told LMFA it was a priv­i­lege to play a con­cert in such a beau­ti­ful part of the world.

David thanked com­mit­tee mem­bers for their hard work over the last sea­son, in par­tic­u­lar chair­woman Clare Reynolds.

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