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In tune with musicians
I’ve played the harp since I was nine and regularly play with amateur orchestras and choral societies, so it was a real treat to be asked to work for Help Musicians UK.
Help Musicians UK is a brilliant charity. It’s a lifeline for musicians throughout their professional lives, from talented students who need support and working musicians in crisis through to musicians who need help in retirement.
My first project for Help Musicians UK involved interviewing musicians for their magazine. I talked to the celebrated tenor Gerald Finley about his bid to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and to Scottish folk singer, Sheila Stewart. Subsequently, I was lucky enough to go to Scotland to hear Sheila’s last ever performance. (As it was at Bannockburn Library on the day of the referendum, this was quite a significant event.)
I’ve also written two annual reports for the charity and have ghost-written articles for Classical Music magazine.
Here’s what Christine Brown, the Communications Manager at Help Musicians UK, says about our work together:
“Fiona isn’t your average copywriter; she really gets under the skin of a brief, a subject matter and an organisation in order to get to the end result. We approached Fiona when we were rebranding from the Musicians Benevolent Fund to Help Musicians UK. We were looking for a fresh and contemporary injection into our 93 year old charity whilst acknowledging the importance of our heritage and long-standing reputation. Not an easy feat!
Yet her inquisitive nature and quest for background knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile (sometimes literally!) meant that we got exactly what we were looking for and we now have two Annual Reports that we are extremely proud of. She has also ghost written some press features which showcased her incredible ability to get inside the mind of someone else and produce really diverse copy. Added to this the fact that she’s a joy to work with as a person and always works to deadlines and budget. I can’t recommend Fiona highly enough.”
I’m always interested in expanding my repertoire of musical clients, so do get in touch if you have any similar projects where you think I might be able to help.