‘An Evening At Arbroath Proms’ was a great success and a former member of the Friends Chorus was delighted to receive the cheque on behalf of MND Scotland.
Music has been a huge part of Malcolm Dowie’s life. He was a teacher of expressive arts at Forfar Academy and he has a long association with a large number of Angus societies, so it was fitting that the proms raised money for a cause close to his heart.
Malcolm told the Herald: “I’ve known a lot them from the days of the Angus Gilbert & Sullivan Society way back in the mid-1980s, I’ve worked with Richard Allen, I’ve played for Arbroath Musical Society and for LimeLight, and been on stage with some of them in the Tayside Symphony Orchestra and the Men’s Chorus.
“It was very humbling and very emotional that they would give of their time and talent so willingly and freely to raise money for MND.
“It was very emotional and I’m very grateful because the work that’s going on and the research into MND is still quite expensive. The money will go towards research development that MND has at the moment.”
Malcolm was not able to make the proms himself although he did get to see a recording.
He said: “I was able to be there for the screening of their DVD. They are a talented bunch of musicians and singers under the leadership of Richard Allen and James Hutcheson. They do a power of work. I‘ve been lucky enough to have worked in quite a few things with them.
“It’s quite humbling that they thought of a charity associated with me.”
Music will continue to play a role in the fight against MND as Malcolm explained: “Now that I’m not on stage any more I’m trying to raise money for the charity and I’ve got a show, Crimson Ribbon, coming up in September in Dundee for MND and Multiple Sclerosis Society.”
Malcolm wrote the musical play about the aftermath of the Great War and it was well-received at the Gardyne Theatre in February. Tickets are on sale now from Dundee Box Office on 01382 434940, it runs from September 21-23.