THE Lavender Touch, which provides free complementary treatments for cancer sufferers in the Borders, has received the seal of approval from three budding songwriters.
Chloe Robertson, Emma Robson, and Beth Murray, pupils at Earlston High School, have written the lyrics for Just Call, a CD single of which will be available later this month to help raise funds for the charity. Since it was founded in 2003, Lavender Touch has benefited more than 2,000 patients and carers.
As part of their studies, the girls, all due to leave school at Christmas, are working on a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) project entitled Self in Society.
With their music teacher, Jeff Thomson, they submitted their proposal for the single to the senior management of the school and to the charities committee.
Once they received the go-ahead, the girls researched the Lavender Trust and its treatments and were amazed how many people had been assisted over the past eight years.
Using the information they gleaned from the internet, they set about writing the lyrics for their song, an anthemic ballad which draws on some of the glowing testimonials from patients.
They then enlisted Mr Thomson’s help to write the music to accompany their words and asked two sixth year music students, Jack Davenport and Kiang Myataye, to provide the instrumentation and sound mixing. Once the backing track was laid down, the prolific Mr Thomson provided the vocals.
The CD will be launched at concerts, entitled Sing out for The Lavender Touch which Galashiels Operatic Society whose musical director is Mr Thomson are putting on as a fundraiser in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on November 16, 17 and 18. The society’s chorus will premier the song.
Chloe, Emma and Beth will be on hand to sell (and sign) the CD for £2 with all proceeds going to the charity.
“This has been a great combined effort involving the girls, Earlston High, its pupils, Scottish Borders Council’s community learning and development which has funded the project and, of course, Gala Opera,” said Lavender Touch secretary Sheila Scott.
“We are indebted to everyone involved and would encourage everyone to come along to the concerts and enjoy a great evening of musical entertainment, meet the young song writers and support the charity.”
Tickets for the three shows are available for concert from Edelweiss, Galashiels, or Sheila Scott on 07932 174317.