On Saturday evening, a student piano concert took place here in Milton Keynes. It was one of a couple of concerts I organise each year, giving young players and adults alike the opportunity to perform to a supportive audience, so developing their confidence and maturity in musical communication – and raising money for charity in the process.
The concerts take place at the Chrysalis Theatre, which is linked to the Camphill Milton Keynes Community, a wonderful charity supporting people with developmental and learning disabilities.
Founded in 1981, Camphill Milton Keynes provides support and a meaningful working life for adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. Over fifty residents live together with volunteer staff in ten separate households. Together the residents, volunteers and employees form a community of over one hundred people living on several sites on the neighbouring housing estates of Pennyland and Willen Park. The mission of the charity is to create a living and working community where people with learning disabilities and those who support them may reach their full potential in the spirit of lifelong learning.
I am thrilled to report that this time we raised £802.00 for the Camphill Community. Added to the £898.00 raised at our Christmas Concert a few months ago, and this means we have raised a brilliant £1,700.00 in the last six months!
I have been told that in the last couple of years, since moving Keyquest Music concerts to the Chrysalis Theatre and supporting the Camphill Community, we have raised a cumulative total of £4,547.77 which is truly amazing!
I would like to thank everyone who took part on Saturday, and who has taken part in previous concerts. Also of course, thanks to the families and friends who come along and support these events and those taking part, and who contribute so generously to our fundraising in the process.
And of course a massive thank you to Martina and the staff at The Chrysalis Theatre for making our concerts possible, and for their constant support and warm welcome.
We often hear that the arts are “in trouble”, but the partnership between Keyquest Music and the Chrysalis Theatre demonstrates how we can all make such a positive difference, and how music can make the world a genuinely better place!