Country Diary: The charity bringing music to the ears of rural communities

Live Music Now is an example of local networking benefiting everybody, writes Charles Kenyon

Charlotte Tyrwhitt of Barton on Humber is a Live Music Now volunteer. It's difficult enough to get to concerts in a rural area and harder still if you are disadvantaged or are isolated in some way. So LMN takes the music to them, in care homes, schools and market town venues. The next concert will be in Market Rasen.

LMN was co-founded by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin. His dream was to bring music into the lives of people so that it might comfort and delight. Today, local businesses and organisations such as the Rotary Club and the Lions help with sponsorship; the audience will be gathered by charities such as the Alzheimer's Society and Age Concern, together with schools and care homes. LMN selects graduates from music colleges such as the Royal Academy of Music or the Royal Northern College of Music. They combine performing skills with insight, generosity of spirit and flexibility. They often stay as guests with Charlotte and her fellow volunteers.

This is an example of local networking benefiting everybody. Her family is used to this; her husband's grandfather was once president of Combat Stress, set up after the First World War to help, in his words, "the loneliest men in the world".

Charles Kenyon lives near Market Rasen, retiredcolonel@oldvicarage.net.

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