A student at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre is showcasing young musical talent and raising money for charity at the same time.
Nyima Murry (17) has already raised more than £500 for Save the Children and UNICEF through a concert at The Atrium cafe, Clitheroe.
“I first came up with the idea for a showcase evening in November after a guitar lesson with my teacher Duncan Sykora as I was aware of how many talented students he had, but how hard it was for young people to be given the opportunity to play, possibly for the first time in public, and how daunting it can be to play in public,” said Nyima, who lives in Clitheroe.
“Initially I contacted a dozen students anticipating only a few would want to be involved in a small event that was really only meant for friends and family, but all responded very positively, and quickly more and more people contacted me wanting to play,” added Nyima explaining that many were Duncan’s wife Sue Sykora’s singing students. “There was about 15 different acts wanting to play so I decided to split them over two nights, and the event really grew from there.”
There are now 17 different acts and around 30 musicians involved. They span a range of ages and some are Sykora students while others talented local musicians.
Nyima decided to split the money raised between Save the Children and UNICEF as she wanted to focus on charities that support children’s rights.
“It seemed appropriate young people in the area could come together and celebrate their talents in such a positive event and then positively impact children in need around the world,” Nyima added, explaining work done for Typhoon Haiyan and relief aid in Syria had been at the forefront of her mind.
Around 100 people attended the first concert with Nyima putting its success down to the artists who performed. They included Silent Laughter, Paige, Peter and Camille, Kitty Riley, George Banks, Hannah Rose, the headliners Bad Cardigan and herself.
Nyima has also thanked the Clitheroe shops that donated prizes for the charity raffle.
Currently in the lower sixth studying biology, history, philosophy and art, Nyima hopes to raise even more at the second concert on Friday, March 28th, which will feature acts by Georgia, James, Robert, Collide, Linda, Caroline Kenyon, The Remedy and Good Foxy!
Tickets priced £5 can be bought from The Atrium, Megabites of Cumbria or on the door. Hot food will be served on the night and the bar will be open. Doors open at 6-30 pm.
For details search for the acoustic sessions on The Atrium cafe’s Facebook page.