Em­mas­ings­the prais­esof­choir

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW -

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

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