September 2014 – The Great Charity Playathon



26th-27th September 2014

On 26th September 2014, the Jersey Academy of Music hosted The Great Charity Playathon, a 24 hour event in aid of CLIC Sargent (Jersey) and Tearfund.

Playathon Logo

The Playathon was organised by Claire Boleat, flute teacher at the academy, with one of her senior students Lauren Gallaher (a talented local flautist and finalist in the Jersey Young Musician of the Year 2014).  The event involved hundreds of people and a huge variety of acts including Flutasia, Progressive School of Music, Beaulieu & De La Salle Big Band, Serenata Wind Quintet, Students from the Jersey Academy of Music, Keiran Brown, Alex Glendenning, B Vocal Jsy, Lillian and Grace Garnier, Eva Hsieh, Julie Robinson and Students, Sax Jam, and others too. As well as the performances, there were stalls for competitions, raffles, and a display from the music shop Broken Wind.

The whole venue was taken over with music from start to finish, with the 24hrs broken up into various themes: ‘Evening Drinks’ on the Friday, and the ‘Coffee Morning’ and ‘Family Fun Picnic’ on the Saturday, including a Samba Workshop with Alex Glendinning:

Alex Glendinning Samba Session

The event has raised almost £3000 for the two charities, CLIC Sargent (Jersey) and Tearfund. The Great Charity Playathon was supported by Dunells Wine Merchants, St. Peter’s Garden Centre, Le Quesne’s Nurseries, Murrays, The Fresh Fish Company, Ceri’s Cakes, Back to Balance, Adventure Diving Jersey, Chic Salon, Dye Another Day, Jersey Academy of Music, Aurum Jewellers and Harvey Music Jersey.

CLIC Sargent (Jersey) is a local charity who support the families of children and teenagers with cancer. They respond to the needs of sick children and teenagers, helping their families during difficult and stressful times with both financial and practical support. They aim to ensure that every Jersey child and teenager with cancer received the support they need.

Tearfund is a UK Christian relief and development agency passionate about relieving poverty which works in over 50 countries. In 2006 they launched a ten-year vision to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty and since then more than 17 million people have been helped through community development projects. More than 175 unjust policies and practices have also been changed to deliver justice for poor communities. Lauren Gallaher (one of the event organisers) will be travelling to Cambodia in February to work for 6 months as a volunteer on one of their projects.