Octave will stage three day fundraiser

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A popular choral group which won the “best in class” honours at this year’s Glasgow Music Festival are set for a three-day fundraiser in Motherwell’s Glo Auditorium.

Lanarkshire ensemble Octave are launching a brand new programme of music, ranging from Broadway musicals to famous classical themes, and as in previous years will donate all the funds from ticket sales, less costs, to charity.

In 2011 the group presented a cheque for £1,000 to the British Heart Foundation and in 2012 the same amount went to the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre at Wishaw General Hospital.

This year the charity to benefit will be Diabetes UK Scotland, and the group are obviously hoping for a good attendance this time around to ensure a good result.

Octave was formed in 2011 by Bellshill man David Fisher, who with 20 years’ experience directing local amateur theatre, and a similar spell as a church organist (Lanarkshire and Glasgow), was looking for a new challenge.

The group are all Lanarkshire people, including three from Motherwell - Esther O’Hara, Raymond Tulips and John McKenzie.

David grew up in Bellshill and he and his family are well known locally for their involvement in the community through the church and Boys Brigade.

He was also the organist at Macdonald Memorial and Orbiston churches until a few years ago.

The concerts will be held on Thursday, September 12 to Saturday, September 14 at 7.30pm in Motherwell’s GLO Auditorium. Tickets, priced £10, are available from Shona Fisher on 01357 523149 or e-mail Shona