Concert pays tribute to inspirational David Munro

David Munro was an inspiration to many as a musician, teacher and academic.

Last month, he was remembered in a special tribute concert of Late Summer Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

All proceeds raised from the event will be donated to St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, where David spent his final weeks before passing away in June, at the age of 80.

Hospice chairman Professor Leo Martin attended the Glasgow venue to enjoy the tribute and said a few words to thank the musicians, choir and all those who supported the “wonderful” event.

Included in the classical repertoire were Five Mystical Songs, Swing Low, sweet chariot and O When then the saints: Feel the Spirit.

The evening was presented by STV Glasgow’s Colin Stone and featured conductors Gerry Doherty and Des McLean, baritone Philip Gault, mezzo soprano Cheryl Cree, pianist Cameron Murdoch and the Ceciliana Chorus and Orchestras. Des also organised the event.

A spokesman for the Royal Conservatoire said: “David touched the lives of so many people throughout his own life in a myriad of contexts ranging from school to tertiary education, church communities and music enterprises.

“We offered this concert in his memory as a mark of genuine love and thanksgiving and in doing so, will support financially the work of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

“Each and every performer at the concert has given their time and talent without a fee so that as much as possible can be donated to the Hospice.

“For that, organisers are deeply indebted. To one and all, a heartfelt thanks for your unwavering commitment.

“Thanks, too, to Colin Stone who guided us through the programme tonight and who, like those performing, waived his fee in lieu of our chosen charity.”

Hospice chief executive Sister Rita added: “We are very grateful to be remembered in such a way by friends and colleagues of David Munro, who had such a positivie impact on their lives.

“We greatly appreciate all the time, energy and enthusiasm of those who performed and contributed to the success of the event.”