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School provides seasonal singing treat for capital epilepsy concert

Added: 3 November 2016, 09:34

Epilepsy Scotland Press Release: 

Embargo: 00.01. 1 November 2016


School provides seasonal singing treat for capital epilepsy concert

There’s plenty of festive cheer happening as junior and senior pupils from Musselburgh’s Loretto School start rehearsals for Epilepsy Scotland’s annual fundraising concert in Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirk on Thursday 8 December. Joining the talented youngsters is guest soloist and soprano Janet de Vigne.  BBC Radio Scotland presenter Jamie MacDougall is hosting a programme of carols and classical music, from Handel to ‘The Snowman’, performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Canongait with its conductor Robert Dick.

Loretto School intends to increase student awareness further by running its second epilepsy poster competition.  Winning entries will appear on the concert programme.

Epilepsy Scotland Chief Executive Lesslie Young remarked; “It is fantastic news that both the Nippers and Senior School pupils at Loretto will sing at our gala event.  We know they are going to be one of the many highlights in this evening of seasonal treats.  We are delighted to be joined once again by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Canongait under the musical direction of Robert Dick.  When so many charities are looking for support, we are truly grateful to our guest artists for choosing our cause.”     

The concert starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £20 and include a post-concert glass of fizz and canapés as guests mingle with the performers. Tickets are available by contacting the fundraising team on 0141 427 4911 or


Notes for Editors

1. Photo opportunity:  Photos can be taken of Loretto school pupils and guest artists at Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ between 7.15-7.30pm. Gala concert photos can be emailed to photo desks by arrangement.  For details please contact Head of Fundraising, Robyn Friel, T: 0141 427 4911  M: 07534 026670  E: 

2. Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard.  We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma.  This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people.  We represent the 55,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers.  Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers advice, support and information.  People can text 07786 209501, email or visit