Pi­anists pound keys to raise cash

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­times.co.uk

A Pianofun event in Oban has raised funds to the tune of £540 in aid of the Scot­tish Liver Trans­plant Unit.

Or­gan­iser Ken Har­rower, whose wife Marie’s life was saved by a liver trans­plant three years ago, said the fundraiser at Oban Par­ish Church on Septem­ber 30 had ‘a great turnout’.

Over the past 12 years, the an­nual Pianofun af­ter­noons have raised money for Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety and the par­ish church but this year Mr and Mrs Har­rower wanted to give the money to the liver unit as a spe­cial thank you.

Last month The Oban Times told how Mrs Har­rower’s sud­den flu-like symp­toms had ended in a liver trans­plant just six weeks later af­ter hep­ati­tis was di­ag­nosed.

Quick-think­ing from her Oban GP and ef­fi­cient staff at the town’s hos­pi­tal, who got her speed­ily re­ferred to Edinburgh Royal In­fir­mary for spe­cial­ist help, were a big part of her re­mark­able re­cov­ery.

Pi­anists of all ages and abil­i­ties per­formed at the mu­si­cal af­ter­noon in Septem­ber, co-or­di­nated by Mr Har­rower, who has taught piano in the town for more than 20 years and is also a grad­u­ate of the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

‘We had a great turnout. I think a lot of peo­ple had read Marie’s story in The Oban Times. We usu­ally make about £100 so there was a big dif­fer­ence in this year’s amount. Thank you to ev­ery­one,’ said Mr Har­rower.

One of Mr Har­rower’s top stu­dents, Ara­bella Fyles from Kilmelford, was one of the pi­anists who took part.

The 12-year-old spent one week at a sum­mer school at the pres­ti­gious Chetham’s School of Mu­sic in Manch­ester spon­sored by Oban Mu­sic So­ci­ety, made pos­si­ble by a legacy left by the late El­iz­a­beth Gra­ham, known as Bette, of Taynuilt.

Ara­bella Fyles was one of the pi­anists who per­formed.

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