Media release: Composer celebrates charity’s 35th anniversary with performance of new piano piece

Claire and Leonard Harper Gow

AS part of Scottish mental health charity, Health in Mind’s 35th anniversary celebrations, a new six-part piece will be performed by the composer and musician, Leonard Harper Gow, with profits from the concert going directly to support the charity’s work.

The concert will take place at 7pm on Thursday 16 November at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church at 13 George Street, Edinburgh.

Leonard explained that the new piano piece is called ‘The Journey’ and a narrator will tell the story of a young woman’s path to a successful life.

“Last year’s performance of the inaugural album, ‘The Conflict Within’, was a great success and saxophonist, Nick Gould, will join me once again to reprise two of the tracks, ‘The Calm before the Storm’ and ‘The Ballad of You and I’.

“My wife, Claire, and Sarah Barron will sing to ‘Hallowe’en’, the first track on the CD and this will be followed by a new piece, ‘Hymn’.

“The concert will end with ‘The Dream’, the atmospheric title track from the inaugural album.

“During the evening we’ll also highlight the work of Health in Mind and how the organisation changes lives.”

Tickets cost £15 and can be bought at the door or booked by emailing Leonard or Claire on or

Health in Mind’s chief executive, Gwenn McCreath, commented: “Last year’s concert was a really special evening and it’s exciting that Leonard is supporting Health in Mind again with another first performance of his work.”

Two sample tracks from Leonard’s first album can be heard at


For further information, please contact Health in Mind communications manager on 0131 243 0137 or 075 9000 9953.

Notes for editors:

At Health in Mind, we’ve been promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland since 1982. We do this by providing a wide range of services to support people to make a positive difference to their lives.

Our services are well-respected and we deliver them on behalf of a range of public bodies. You can sign up for most directly and for some, you would simply ask your GP to refer you.

Health in Mind’s services can help you change your life in many ways. You may want to build your confidence if you’re recovering from mental ill-health, overcome the effects of your past, learn to deal with your stress and anxiety; overcome your feelings of self-harm and suicide; feel connected to your local community; be free of the addictions you turned to support your mental ill-health and find the information you need to support your wellbeing.

Our services include counselling and trauma counselling; befriending; guided self-help; support for people from minority ethnic communities; combatting isolation by connecting people within their local community; art therapy; outdoor conservation for greater wellbeing; suicide prevention; support with substance misuse; mental health and wellbeing information; training and much more.

Health in Mind is a charity and we have around 110 members of staff and around 150 volunteers at any one time and are proud to have received the Investing in Volunteers Award three times and the Investors in People accreditation.

Our training programme offers a wide range of courses to Health in Mind staff, volunteers and other companies and organisations and includes Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid course (SMHFA).

We work with around 3,000 people every year, helping them live the lives they want to live.

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