Adam Sutherland

Fatma's Waltz

Fundraising for Beatson Cancer Charity
raised of £5,000 target
by 273 supporters
Beatson Cancer Charity

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We provide patient/family support services to enhance cancer treatments and outcomes


*A very sad edit to the original text below.. Fatma has now sadly left us. Her family have given their blessing for us to keep this fundraiser open for longer than was intended.

Hello and welcome to the 'Fatma's Waltz' JustGiving page, where - with your help - we hope to raise £5000 for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Well, that was the original opening message. The fact is, that thanks to truly inspiring levels of generosity, the £5k target was smashed in less than three days. We're going to leave this JustGiving page open as there are still donations coming in from many other kind folk out there who feel they wish to give to the Beatson. 

Thank you all who have donated, downloaded the single or shared the video. 

And thank you also to all of you who are apparently not done doing so. Some of you have even given more than once!

'Fatma's Waltz' is written for my fiddle student Fatma Neilson, who has been receiving excellent care from the Beatson. I wrote her this piece to lift her spirits, and we have decided to try to give something back to the amazing team at the Beatson Cancer Charity.

You can donate directly from this page

Or buy the single from - , with all proceeds going to the JustGiving fundraiser.

I'd also like to invite you to check out the music video - 


Youtube -

Please help us to reach as many people as possible by sharing the Fatma's Waltz music video. 

The music video is beautifully put together by Paul Jennings and features 28 of the finest traditional and jazz musicians from Scotland, England and the USA. 

Thank you to Maisie, Joyce, Kirsty and all at the Beatson for allowing us to do this and for providing so much help and support along the way. 

And also huge thanks to the enormous team of musicians, industry professionals and 'Fans of Fatma' who gave so generously with their energy, skills and time to make this happen. 

The Routes Quartet:
Madeleine Stewart – fiddle
David Lombardi – fiddle
Emma Tomlinson – viola
Rufus Merlin Huggan – cello

Rhythm Section:
Jenn Butterworth - guitar
Laura-Beth Salter - mandolin
Luc McNally - guitar
Catriona Hawksworth - keys
Iain Copeland - drums
Dr Steve Forman - percussion
Cammy Maxwell – bass and double bass

Brass Section:
Paul Spong - trumpet
Mikey Owers - trombone
Paul Towndro - sax

Gillian Fleetwood

Natalie Haas

Mairi Campbell

Patsy Reid
Seonaid Aitken
Chloë Bryce
Amy Geddes
Lauren MacColl
Ross Couper
Rosie Munro
Sally Simpson
Laura Wilkie
Rona Wilkie
Anna Massie
Adam Sutherland

Mixed by Marc Clement

Mastered by Denis Blackham

Recording Engineer - Keir Long

Logo by Somhairle MacDonald

Special thanks to:
All the incredible staff at The Beatson, but especially Maisie McCormick, Kirsty Nimmo and Joyce Ross and Suzanne Downey

Deirdre Craddock for such huge amounts of work (and patience) keeping things on track

Finlay MacDonald and all the lovely staff at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow for freely giving a space for a socially-distanced rehearsal

All of the twenty-eight fabulous musicians for their incredible playing and generosity of time and energy

Paul Towndro for feedback on brass arranging

Jenn Butterworth, Laura-Beth Salter and Luc McNally for beautifully adapting the chord progressions for guitar and mandolin

Iain Copeland for feedback on drum parts, suggesting the ‘Motown’ groove and of course those awesome drum fills

Emma Tomlinson for advice on arranging for string quartet, and a great many other things

Dr Steve Forman for advice and input on percussion parts
All the ‘Fans of Fatma’ team

And finally, the hugest of thanks of all go to the woman herself; the wonderful Fatma Neilson


About the charity

Beatson Cancer Charity

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Beatson Cancer Charity supports people affected by cancer, every step of the way. We make the journey easier by transforming the way cancer care is funded and delivered. We provide services, as well as funding specialists, research and education to invest in a better future for cancer patients.

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