Weʼre raising £600 to raise money for the new Joe Temperley Scholarship, to help members of the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.
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We are delighted to announce the creation of the Joe Temperley Scholarship, in memory of the great baritone saxophone maestro from Lochgelly who was a central part of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra's 40 year history. The scholarship came about due to the generosity of past and present players and friends of FYJO donating for a gift for Richard Michael, the band's director, to say thank you for 40 years of dedication and enthusiasm and inspiring literally hundreds of young people. Once the target was quickly met however, people continued to generously donate. What to do with the rest? A scholarship in Joe's name seemed the perfect answer, and will honour his memory and provide meaningful financial assistance to current band members. This may be in the form of help with fees for the Richard Michael Summer Jazz course, music college audition fees, or the cost of some lessons with a high profile jazz musician.
FYJO celebrated their 40th Anniversary at the Lochgelly Centre with a day of workshops to which former players (both those who are now professional musicians and those who chose a slightly more sensible career-path) came back in great number, and culminated in a concert featuring FYJOs 1, 2 and FYJO "The Oldies". Richard was presented with a 40 year old bottle of Glenfarclas and the news of the scholarship, and just about managed to hold it together! It was a truly wonderful and fitting celebration of a diamond in the crown of British jazz and music education.
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Hilary Michael6 days ago
Huge huge huge thanks to you all. The 40 year old Glenfarclas went down a storm! The new Joe Temperley Scholarship is shaping up nicely too! Info about it is above in the story section. Spread the word...
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Dec 3, 2016
Hi Hilary Hope your cause goes well and you raise the needed anount This donation is from Olaf up in the sky Old musicians never die they just decompose ! Much love from me & the boys to you all
Nov 29, 2016
All young musicians should have the opportunities we did. With thanks to Richard Michael, and in memory of our beloved Uncle Joe Temperley.
Nov 28, 2016
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