Young musicians rehearse in pyjamas for Children in Need

The pyjama clad musicians raised more than �800 for Children in Need.
The pyjama clad musicians raised more than �800 for Children in Need.

WHEN Strathburn Primary P6 pupil Katherine Atkinson (10) was reluctant to get up and dressed for her Aberdeenshire Council Music Centre practice her mum suggested she just go in her pyjamas. When they discovered the idea tied in with BBC Blue Peter’s “Go Pyjamas” appeal for Children in Need, Katherine wrote to Music Administrator ,Pamela Cook asking if the group could do a sponsored Pyjama Rehearsal.

After some consultation the idea was accepted and on Saturday (November 24) at Inverurie Academy almost all of the 100 plus young musicians appeared in their PJs and onesies!

In the process the group raised £402.50, which will be matched by the Music Centre, to give a total of £805 for the Children in Need appeal.

Katherine said, “It was really my Mum’s idea when I didn’t want to get dressed to go to rehearsals one morning, and then we saw the Blue Peter Appeal so I wrote a letter asking if we could turn up in pyjamas for a rehearsal.”

Administrator Pamela Cook said, “We thought it sounded like a fun idea and though we weren’t sure how many might turn up we have been amazed that almost everyone has and to raise such a great sum has been tremendous.”

She added, “We have five music centres weekly and this group have Junior Strings, Intermediate Strings and a Concert Band all of which are rehearsing for our sold out Christmas Concert on the Saturday, December 8, at Inverurie Academy - but today has been a rehearsal not to forget!”