Performance from the heart for mum

Musician 'Graeme Brown with his mum, Susan Brown who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease
Musician 'Graeme Brown with his mum, Susan Brown who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease

A talented bassoon player is soon set to play his heart out to a Levenmouth audience - and to one very special person in particular.

Graeme Brown (25) has organised a concert at Methil Parish Church on Friday, February 28, in aid of charity Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.

Watching him with pride will be his mum Susan, from Windygates, who was diagnosed with the degenerative condition last year.

Graeme, a graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, said: “She’s looking forward to it.

“It takes place two days before her 52nd birthday and it will be quite a lot for her, because mum’s energy levels are low.

“It’s great to put a concert on so close to home because there’s no way she could go to Glasgow to see me perform there. It’s over a year since she last saw me play.”

The concert’s programme will feature Graeme performing with a wind quartet and bassoon quartet.

Also featuring is the East Fife Ladies Choir, of which Susan - who worked at Cameron Hospital - was a member for over a decade.

Graeme admitted his mum’s diagnosis last year was difficult for the family to come to terms with.

He explained: “For a long time we thought “What is wrong with her?”

“Mum was walking very strangely and was having these unexplained falls.

“The doctor at the time thought she had high blood pressure but I eventually demanded she see a neurologist.

“When we were given a diagnosis in April it was such a shock.

“The first consultant told her she had less than a year to live - that was awful.

“She had to give up her work, her car...”

Graeme, who performs across the UK, Ireland and France also teaches regularly at Dollar Academy, but despite his professional commitments manages to travel back to Windygates often to care for his mum.

He also regularly raises funds for MND Scotland, which he credits for giving families tremndous support - both emotionally and physically.

“The trouble with my mum’s condition is that it’s impossible to diagnose it with 100 per cent accuracy,” he commented, “but the charity becomes involved in any case and mum benefits from having a specialist nurse and also group support in Dunfermline, which we all attend as a family.”

The concert takes place at Methil Parish Church, Wellesley Road, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets (£10 adults/£7 concessions) available at the door or in advance from Graeme Brown.

Telephone: 07961234882 or email graemebrown@hotmail.com