Media Release: Rising star pianist set for Dunkeld charity concert

A CHARITY concert at Dunkeld Cathedral on Sunday 6 December, will mark the second stage of a £45,000 fundraising project for an Aberfeldy resident, in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Sebastian Thewes, who is raising the money in memory of his mother Roma Schapiro, has already raised £15,000 organising chamber-music concerts in London. The donations have been specifically allocated at Sebastian’s request, for a tree-planting project at Robin House Children’s Hospice in Balloch, run by CHAS.

The concert at Dunkeld Cathedral starting at 3pm will feature classical pianist Emmanuel Despax performing a programme including Haydn and Chopin. Before the concert and at the interval, Emmanuel’s mentor Ruth Nye, Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music and at The Yehudi Menuhin School will talk about the programme. CHAS chair, Professor Gordon Dickson, will also give a short talk on the work of the charity.

Sebastian Thewes said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to one of the finest young pianists in Europe in the glorious surroundings of Dunkeld Cathedral, and in so doing to become part of the project to create a lasting and beautiful garden at Robin House.”

Roslyn Neely, CHAS director of communications and fundraising, said: “Thanks to Sebastian’s hard work and enthusiastic support for CHAS the garden at Robin House is starting to take shape. There’s still a long way to go but with Sebastian’s generous help the completed garden will be a fantastic addition to the hospice, meaning families can spend time together outside enjoying and creating lasting, happy memories.”

Tickets cost £15 per person and are available by contacting Sebastian via

Following the concert, Sebastian intends to organise further concerts in Scotland to reach the £45,000 target to complete the garden.

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Gemma Smith, press officer 0131 444 4907

Notes to Editors:

The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a Scottish charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

A children’s hospice offers professional care, practical help and emotional support to the whole family usually from the day of acceptance, to the death of their child, and beyond.

Rachel House in Kinross, Scotland’s first children’s hospice, opened in March 1996. Robin House in Balloch opened in August 2005. Both hospices are purpose-built and each can provide ongoing support for up to 200 families across Scotland each year. The CHAS at Home Team offers support to families referred to the hospices by providing a care service to families in their own homes when they need it most.



Jesu Bleibet meine Freude in G major (from Cantata BWV 147)


‘Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ BWV 639 in F minor

‘Nun Freut euch, lieben Christen’ BWV 734 in G major


Sonata in B minor H.XVI/32

I Allegro moderato

II Menuet – Trio

III Finale – Presto


Après Une Lecture Du Dante:Fantasia quasi Sonata


Barcarolle in F# major op. 60


Gaspard de la Nuit

I Ondine

II Le Gibet

III Scarbo

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