A man deeply affected by the deteroation of his music teacher to Motor Neurone Disease has just completed a ten hour digital piano playing marathon, to raise thousands of pounds for the MND charity.
Barrie Crawford, from Aberdeen in Scotland, was extremely affected when his piano teacher was struct down by Motor Neurone Disease, and left unable to play the piano anymore, and decided he’d use the skills he’d taught him in order to try and help find a cure.
The mammoth task, with prep before the event took over 11 hours, raised £2,000 for MND Scotland at his church where he is the local pianist.
“Fabulous, charitable fun”
A whole host of parishoners and locals joined in on the event, which made noble Basrie a local hero in his own right. Some even joined in, with flutes and clarinets played by friends adding to the festivities.
Barrie said of the event:
“Music has always been a big part of my life and as well as playing in the church, I have also been a member of the EK Gilbert and Sullivan Society, EK Light Opera, the Christian Aid Choir and Praise Gathering.
A lot of that is down to my former music teacher whom I have known for more than 50 years now. He taught me piano and also how to play the accordion when I was in my teens. And because of this I have enjoyed a lifetime of music.”
This is obviously not the only recent story of pianists coming to the forefront to raise money for their chosen charities. Only recently, Dronfield resident Robert Wolstenholme raised over £700 for the National Austistic Society, by bringing his digital piano to his local shopping centre, and completed a whole days worth of musical frivolity for shoppers to enjoy and donate to.
Additionally, a rare Steinway piano, known as the “Rolex of the piano world” is going up for auction later this month in Northumberland, in order to raise money for hospice care in the North East of England.
If you yourself don’t have the funds for this giant of a piano, then maybe consider getting yourself a Kawai, who, of course, work in conjunction with Steinway, and perhaps, start making a music marathon of your very own.