An East Kilbride church was given the gift of music to mark its 50th anniversary.
As the Claremont Church worship band finished their sound check for a special Christmas Concert marking the milestone, Village Music boss Jamie Finn surprised them with a brand new Kawai ES110 stage piano.
Last year, to mark 25 years in the town, Village Music launched a new initiative which will see a brand-new, top-of-the-range digital piano donated to a different local church every Christmas.
St Bride’s Church was the first to benefit from the scheme with a stunning Kawai CN27 delivered to delighted parish priest, Father Rafal Sobieszuk.
Generous Jamie told the East Kilbride News he is keen to give back to the East Kilbride community for all its support over the years.
He said: “For me, it was great to see the delight and gratitude in the faces of the people that would benefit directly from our gesture.
“I was also blown away when I heard how amazing the Claremont church band is – and as it turns out, a number of the members are actually regular customers of the shop too.
“All of us here at Village Music sincerely hope their new piano serves them well.”
Claremont minister Gordon Palmer was full of praise for the initiative, saying: “I’m very grateful to Jamie for this.
“Music is very important to us, we use quite a range of styles for different services and this piano will be a real asset to us.
“I appreciate Jamie taking the initiative – we are delighted.”
Jamie explained that while the shop’s music school, Village School of Music, is thriving, the retail part of the business continues to struggle with big brands making it harder for small businesses to access their products.
And, as time goes on, more people are buying at a distance from internet retail giants to reach new customers.
Appealing for the support of his home town in the new year, Jamie added: “Small and local businesses are a hugely important part of the community, and make up a large part of the towns identity.
“Village Music does have an online presence with competitive prices, but the majorly of our business is still done the old fashioned way, face to face over the counter, and like lots of other small businesses in EK, to survive we really do need the support of our local community.
“But instead of just taking it for granted and assume the people of East Kilbride would want to get behind and support us for just being here, we felt we should be proactive and try to give more back to the people of East Kilbride.
“Music can bring joy and happiness to everyone, especially in these times of uncertainty and unrest, even so, it is tough to give back to a community in one gesture that would satisfy such a huge demographic.
“However, after much thought and consideration we felt this could be best achieved by donating a piano to one of the 30 churches of East Kilbride each Christmas – and hopefully by doing so we will make music more accessible, and a bigger part of life, for their congregations – and hopefully we’ll be here for another 30 years to see this project through.”
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