Community Project of the Year Award
Item Posted: Monday 5th December, 2005
A big, big thankyou to everyone who voted for us, and for the (evidently) many people who terrorised all their friends and relatives as well... The award was to all of us who have worked together over the last three years to bring great music and a lot of fun with our amateurish fiddling efforts to Cowal people and beyond. I'm going to say that I doubt anyone would ever have heard of us if all we had done was teach traditional fiddle in the communities we reach and in the schools. The architect of our concert and events programme, the source of virtually all our PR is Mark, who isn't even officially an office bearer on the committee...time he was brought out of the shadows. Yes, I have been the backroom girl who pulls in the money for the education programmes...but I get thanked all the time (don't stop!). Also, I'd like to publicly thank the following, and I wish we had had the self-possession to do it on Saturday:
* Amy Geddes, Anna-Wendy Stevenson and Ann Barlow, last year's tutors, for being great teachers. Fiona Dalgetty for carrying so well in their steps; Amy for keeping weaving her magic this year.
* Elizabeth and Jack Bain, Caroline and Jack Wilson, Val and Allan Neville, Jack Lavender, Derek Prescott, Claire France and Rob White, Alison Duncan, Emma Hayes, for endless contributionson and off the committee : of time and enthusiasm ,beds for the night, meals, leaflet drops, photos, sound support at concerts, manning bars, selling cds, whipping up support in our communities....the list is endless
Lee and Andy for phoning all their friends to get votes, even though they are not even members!
* Everyone else in the Workshop who does what they can when they can
* Everyone in the audiences who so enthusiastically support our concerts and events
* All the people who have donated fiddles...
* All the public bodies and private companies who have risked hard cash to enable it all to take place
* All the organisations we work with, who share the wish to spread a bit of music, and the happiness it brings, around rural Scotland
* All the schools who asked the children to vote for their Workshop
Maybe it's just as well we didn't make the speech-the audience would have been dropping off their seats!
Wow, I still can't believe it. Thankyou, everyone. I hope I've missed no-one out.
Linda Morpurgo (Workshop Convenor)