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15.05.18

Professor-turned-composer aims to hit right notes for charity

A University of Dundee professor will prove he has plenty more strings to his bow when he conducts a charity concert this weekend.

Professor Andrew Evans will lead the Dundee Chamber Orchestra as it raises funds for Roxburghe House.

Andrew, a professor of breast imaging at Dundee Medical School, will hope his players hit the right notes when they take to the stage to raise funds for the unit, which provides palliative care for patients in the advanced stages of serious illness.

An Honorary Consultant Radiologist with NHS Tayside, he will lead the orchestra for its third concert in as many years at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 19 May, having already raised more than £3,000 for good causes.

“My work at the University has made me fully aware of the devastating impact that conditions such as cancer can have on people’s lives”, said Andrew.

“The work undertaken at Roxburghe House provides great support to many people.

“Previously we have raised funds for PATCH and Alzheimer Scotland, and this time we are delighted to be raising funds for such a worthy cause in Dundee.

“I formed the orchestra three years ago and we have a lot of talented musicians, with some travelling from as far afield as Edinburgh to play.

“St Pauls is a fantastic venue to perform in and we are incredibly lucky that they allow us to rehearse and play there free of charge.

“We are excited to show the public our repertoire and we all hope that as many people as possible can turn out to help us raise money for Roxburghe House.”

As well as performing pieces by some of the titans of classical music, the orchestra will also perform ‘Inchcolm Interlude’, the latest composition by Andrew, whose work has previously been honoured by the BBC.

An accomplished French horn player, he added, “I’ve been composing for around 20 years now.

“Conducting is very different to playing as part of an orchestra, and it is certainly more nerve-wracking.

“Inchcolm Interlude is about the balance of everyday and spiritual life and conducting it on the night will be particularly special.”

The concert takes place at St Paul’s Cathedral, High Street, Dundee, on Saturday 19 May at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £12 for adults, £10 concessions and £5 for children, are available at the door.