The Farmers and Farmers Wives Choir is set to perform at a special event at Holyrood.
The choir, which was formed in September 2013, has many members from across Dumfries and Galloway as well as other parts of Scotland and has performed at a variety of venues across the country including the Royal Highland Show.
And they have now accepted an invitation from South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper to perform at an evening reception at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, May 1.
Ms Harper, who recently attended the choir’s concert in Carlisle, said: “The choir has been an unbridled success since their formation in 2013, performing at some of the biggest concert halls in Scotland.
“I commend the Farmers and Farmers Wives Choir for raising more than £31,500 for good causes since 2014 for charities such as MacMillan Cancer Support, RHET, British Heart Foundation, St Andrew’s Hospice Appeal, Ayrshire Hospice, Parkinson’s UK, Cancer Research and RSABI.
“Their version of ‘Carry You Home’ is beautiful and that particular song aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, predominately for those in the farming community, but for anyone who struggles with poor mental health – something which affects one in four people in the UK at some point in their lives. The choir’s hope is that their songs will encourage people to reach out and ask for help.”
The choir’s musical director Kate Picken, who lives near Kirkcudbright, said: “The Farmers Choir were delighted with the overwhelming response to their recent concert at The Sands Centre, Carlisle, which raised over £12,000 for charity.
“One of the songs performed that evening was ‘Carry You Home’ which was recently recorded by the choir to raise awareness of mental health.
“Emma Harper MSP attended our concert and has extended an invitation to the choir to perform this song at the Scottish Parliament.”
On song MSP Emma Harper, left, with Farmers and Farmers Wives Choir musical director Kate Picken