Roy­ally backed al­bum raises cash for flood-hit vil­lage

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

A charity al­bum backed by Prince Charles has raised thou­sands of pounds for the Bal­later vic­tims of Storm Frank.

Charles and his wife, Camilla, were the guests of hon­our at Glen­muick Church in Jan­uary last year for the pre­miere of Im­mor­tal Mem­ory, a col­lec­tion of mu­sic by com­poser Paul Mealor and the Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity Cham­ber Choir.

Prof Mealor, whose com­po­si­tions were per­formed at the wed­ding of Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton, put to­gether the CD of choral per­for­mances of Robert Burns works to raise cash for the Bal­later flood ap­peal.

The Dee­side vil­lage was dev­as­tated by Storm Frank at the end of 2015.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple were driven from their homes as flood­wa­ter swept through the com­mu­nity.

Prof Mealor has revealed the al­bum project has raised more than £6,000 for those af­fected by the dis­as­trous storm.

The cash will be used by the Prince’s Foun­da­tion, the charity of the Duke of Rothe­say, to sup­port projects in and around Bal­later.

The foun­da­tion has al­ready in­vested in a num­ber of lo­cal projects in the area, in­clud­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of the car­a­van park and the Bal­later sta­tion, and the cre­ation of the Rothe­say Rooms restau­rant.

The Im­mor­tal Mem­ory charity al­bum, which in­cludes mu­si­cal per­for­mances of Burns clas­sics such as My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose and a spe­cial read­ing of To A Hag­gis by High­land Games com­pere Robert Lovie, is still avail­able for pur­chase on iTunes and Ama­zon.

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