Pitch-perfect concert chalks up charity cash

MUSIC MATTERS: Sue Butcher, seated centre, surrounded by her pupils following the concert on Sunday.
MUSIC MATTERS: Sue Butcher, seated centre, surrounded by her pupils following the concert on Sunday.
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A music teacher who has raised thousands of pounds for charity through fundraising concerts has no intention of stopping.

Sue Butcher, from Tudor Road in Sudbury, has put on a piano concert at St Gregory’s Church every year since 1997 in support of Cancer Research UK.

On Sunday, surrounded by a number of her young charges, Mrs Butcher celebrated the 16th year of the event.

“It was a lovely day,” she said. “I know so many people who have or have had cancer and they need so much help. Anything I can do for the charity is a bonus.”

It is estimated that during the course of the concerts, Mrs Butcher has raised in the region of £4,000 and helped scores of novice musicians take that first all-important step of performing in front of an audience.

“I teach most afternoons and have probably taught hundreds of people in my time,” said Mrs Butcher, who also runs an art class and hand bell ringing group.

“I am not a lover of festivals as they are very competitive, but this is very laid back and is good for people who see music as a hobby.”

She added that a variety of her pupils had performed at the concert, which was mainly attended by friends and family.

“I am extremely proud of all those who performed and we had some wonderful comments back from the audience,” said Mrs Butcher.

“I get to see each child progress and grow, and some have gone on to become professional musicians, while others just enjoy playing.”

In total, £155 was raised from the concert.

“Most years, we raise a couple of hundred pound and last year we managed to collect £300,” said Mrs Butcher. “There is always a nice atmosphere.”

Mrs Butcher said she had no plans to stop and was not short of performers.

“I will keep it going as long as I can, provided that plenty of people want to take part,” she said.