Thirlestane memorial concert 
to back Kerr Unit

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THIRLESTANE Castle is to host a concert in memory of Forbes Morton which will raise cash for the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal.

Forbes lost a short battle with duodenal cancer in November 2008 at the early age of 63. While he received wonderful palliative care at home, the family say they are aware that not everyone has, or wants that opportunity.

As a result, Forbes’ musical daughters, Jill, Claire and Tracy, will present Music to Make a Difference on Saturday, August 18.

The sisters agreed a concert would be a good way of raising money for the unit while giving them the opportunity to play music that was special to their dad, who was a huge support to them throughout their musical lives.

Sisters Jill, a pianist, and professional cellist Claire Davis will open the concert with baritone, the Rev Jamie Griggs,

The third sister, cellist Tracy Curle, will support them, with professional guitarists, Tim Rose and Andy Philip.

The programme will include music by Chopin, a movement from Rachmaninov’s cello sonata, Callanish by John Maxwell Geddes and Billy Mayerl’s Marigold.

The Margaret Kerr Unit will provide a variety of specialist care options to terminally ill patients in the Borders.

Music to Make a Difference begins at 7pm, and included in the £20 ticket price is a short tour of the castle, a welcome drink, and drinks and snacks at the interval.

Tickets for the concert are available by email to, phone 01896 860605 or in person from Lauder Bakery.