Concert band polish up the brass for Magic Moments II

Moray Concert Brass

The magic of Hollywood arrives in Elgin on Saturday afternoon when Magical Moments II takes to the Town Hall stage.

Moray Concert Brass have teamed up with The Aila Coull Foundation to put on the magical afternoon of fun and music for children in Elgin.

The band will perform a variety of popular movie and television songs made famous from such as Frozen, Mary Poppins and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Glenn Monroe, the founder and conductor of Moray Concert Brass, first decided to hold a concert in aid of the charity two years ago. That came after he heard about how the parents of Aila – who lost her battle with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) at 16 months old – set up the Foundation to raise money for research projects into the very rare and aggressive form of cancer.

After the success of the first event, the band decided to work with the charity again.

Glenn said: “Aila’s mother, Sine, used to be a member of the brass band so we wanted to support the charity in any way we could.

“We are delighted to be holding another Magical Moments concert and hope that lots of people come along to enjoy the music and support the cause. The concert is suitable for children of all ages and 50% of all profits made will go straight the Foundation.”

Sine, who is originally from Buckie, said: “Moray Concert Brass actually kick-started our fundraising as they were first organisation to put on an event with us so we are delighted that they have offered to put on another one to raise money for us.

“Growing up, Moray Concert Brass was a huge part of my life and I am so grateful that they are so supportive of the Foundation.”

Since it was established in 2012, The Aila Coull Foundation has raised more than £140,000 for charity and funded a £48,860 research study at the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Glasgow University.

The former Buckie High School pupil said: “In 2015, we hope to continue supporting research projects into AML by completing current projects and looking into funding upcoming studies.

“We will continue to fundraise in Aila’s name to help facilitate more research into this devastating disease.”

Tickets for Magical Moments II cost £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. Family tickets are also available and can be purchased by emailing mcbinfo21@gmail.com

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