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Music concert helps raise money for charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

By ROB SMYTH

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A SIXTH form pupil has raised nearly £2,000 by organising, hosting and performing a solo cello recital to a capacity audience at her school.

Repton School pupil Joanna Holroyd, 17, was inspired to raise £1,830 for The Teenage Cancer Trust by fellow sixth former Gloria Chan.

Miss Chan was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14 and spent the best part of a year in the teenage cancer unit in Birmingham.

Miss Holroyd, who has played the cello since she was eight-years-old, organised every detail of the concert, from the pieces performed to the programme and refreshments.

She performed a range of classical and modern pieces, including Beethoven’s Sonata op 5 no 2, When I’m Sixty-Four by Lennon and McCartney and Rachmaninov’s Vocalise Op. 34, no 14.

She was joined by her sister, Ellie, her singing teacher Nicki Kennedy and accompanied by Repton School music teacher Luis Parés.

Director of Music at Repton School, John Bowley, said: “It is a truly outstanding achievement to have put on such a fine concert, and to have raised the sum.

“The capacity audience was treated to a poised performance of a lovely programme, full of variety. This was truly a concert to be proud of.”

Attending the concert on behalf of The Teenage Cancer Trust was Donna Young, who accepted a cheque from Miss Holroyd.

Miss Chan was also a member of the audience.

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