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:
Alan Rochford, a senior music lecturer at Anglia Ruskin and a novice flautist, said:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).