Musical fun for all as local charity welcomes Royal Conservatoire quartet

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Forth Valley Sensory Centre logo.

Forth Valley Sensory Centre logo.

Forth Valley residents will have the chance to perform alongside young musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at a special event organised by a local charity.

Four students from the renowned performing arts institution will be at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) in Camelon on Friday, March 22. The group includes a harpist, oboist, pianist, and singer. Participants will be taught basic percussion techniques as well as the vocal warm-ups professionals use, enabling them to join in making music. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear the students discuss their musical career journeys, as well as enjoy performances featuring a variety of genres including folk, traditional, and classical melodies.

Quartet from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a person signing beside them.

Quartet from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a person signing beside them.

Previously, FVSC hosted a quartet from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at its volunteer Christmas party, which was not open to the public. However, this time the event, which takes place between 1 and 3pm, is open to everyone. Tickets are priced at £5 and include refreshments on the day. They are available for purchase if you email Forth Valley Sensory Centre.

FVSC has supported people across central Scotland, including Stirling and Clackmannanshire, with sensory impairment and their families for over 15 years. It acts as a community hub, offering support, advice, practical help, and social opportunities. The centre helps around 20,000 people every year and is funded by a mix of statutory funding and donations.

The charity was recently awarded £200,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to tackle isolation and loneliness caused by sensory loss. New services, starting in May, will take place in community venues and hubs throughout the area to increase access and availability.

“Our volunteers had a truly magical time thanks to the previous support from the Royal Conservatoire students, and we’re delighted another group will be visiting to share their musical expertise. The event will not only be a fun-filled afternoon but will also help to raise vital funding for the services we offer to those with sensory loss. Sensory loss can be an isolating experience, leading to a loss of confidence and people not engaging in the activities they enjoy. That's why we provide such a wide range of support services and activities, enabling people to live their lives to the fullest. Our programme of fundraising events secures crucial funds for us to provide our life-changing services, and we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supports us. We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible.”

Jacquie Winning, chief executive of Forth Valley Sensory Centre


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