“Incredible” sum raised by town concert

Cheque handover: Some of the choir members are pictured with (front, from left) Andrew Glassby, Richard Cowie, Fraser McGlynn, Alana Louden, and Kerry Humphries.'Gable End Photography
Cheque handover: Some of the choir members are pictured with (front, from left) Andrew Glassby, Richard Cowie, Fraser McGlynn, Alana Louden, and Kerry Humphries.'Gable End Photography

A CONCERT organised in Montrose to raise funds for Cancer Research UK has realised an “incredible” £6,900, surpassing all expectations.

Organised at the beginning of March by Song Shop founder Fraser McGlynn, the one-off event featured a variety of local and Angus performers, but the emotional climax of the evening was a choir of more than 80 people, many of whom have cancer or have been affected by the disease, who performed Irving Berlin’s ‘You’re Just in Love’ and ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol.

The concert, which was supported by an audience of more than 400, raised £5,000 on the night but the total has been augmented since then substantial by donations from Kerry Humphries of local company Account Tax Ltd and Andrew Glassby of ADG Time and Energy Ltd.

Fraser presented the cheque recently to Alana Louden and Richard Cowie from Cancer Research UK at which many members of the choir were present and who were able to watch a video clip of their performance for the first time.

Fraser, who organised the concert as a tribute to his mother and family friend Jim Adams, both of whom died from cancer, praised the choir members for their strength and the public for their support.

He said: “It was a good way to finish things off so the choir could see their efforts rewarded. That’s a line drawn under it for the time being, although people have been asking if we’ll do it again and maybe we will in a couple of years.

“At the outset I had an idea that I wanted to raise £3,000 but the fact we surpassed that by so much is incredible. What, for me, was the most satisfying part was the support and unity that was created within the choir. It’s hard to put into words, but the inner strength that permeated throughout the whole rehearsal period and into the performance was just phenomenal.

“It also makes you feel heartened about the community and the fact so many local people are supporting it is fantastic.”

Fraser revealed that the choir has since been asked to appear at this year’s Montrose Music Festival and has collectively decided to perform an encore during the High Street concert.

He added: “Song Shop are also performing so we’ll incorporate it into that.”