Anglia Ruskin musicians are guaranteed to be Clueless in Concert!

Published: 11 February 2011 at 13:53

Staff go back to basics to raise money for Spinal Injuries Association

A host of Anglia Ruskin University music lecturers are putting their reputations on the line by taking part in a Grade-One-a-Thon charity fundraising event.

The project, which involves the musicians learning a completely new orchestral instrument culminating in an exam and a Clueless in Concert event on Sunday, February 27, has seen over 150 Cambridge-based music teachers agree to take part.

The Grade-One-a-Thon aims to raise over £60,000 for the Spinal Injuries Association and is being organised by Maurice Hodges, a lecturer in Anglia Ruskin’s Music and Performing Arts department and his wife Thanea, a former music student at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (CCAT), which is now part of Anglia Ruskin University.

The pair decided to stage the event following a serious accident suffered by Guy Llewellyn in June last year. The father of four has been left paralysed from the waist down following a fall from his garage roof.

Guy, who completed his studies at CCAT in 1989 and has been a regular French horn player in the Anglia Ruskin Orchestra, said:

“The event involves musicians and music teachers based in and around Cambridge, most of whom I have made music with over the years, learning an instrument from scratch on the back of one lesson, and then taking an officially recognised exam at Grade One standard. Money is raised by sponsorship, normally on the pledge that the participant passes the exam.

“I’m happy to report that the event is now in full swing this year and we’re all busy practising our instruments, in my case guitar. The Spinal Injuries Association and a brilliant organising team are supporting the project and I understand that £15,000 had been raised already.

“The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music are also backing the event and we have had internationally-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and double bass expert Rodney Slatford participate as teachers, while Nicholas Daniel and half of the Bingham Quartet will be joining us for their exams.”

Alan Rochford, a senior music lecturer at Anglia Ruskin and a novice flautist, said:

“We really hope everyone will give generously to this very worthy cause – Guy has been a great ambassador for our institution.”

The Clueless in Concert event will be held at Cambridge’s Guildhall on Sunday 27 February (7pm) and tickets costing £5 are available from all Cambridge music shops. For further details, contact Alan Rochford at or by phoning 0845 196 2353.

If you are unable to attend the event, donations can be made by post to the Spinal Injuries Association, 2 Trueman Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, MK6 2HH (marking your letter Grade-One-a-Thon).