Danielle’s Charity Work
Throughout her life and career Danielle has tried to help other people through her music making and has felt compelled to use music as a means of raising awareness and funds for worthwhile causes.
Since not long after leaving University she started to sponsor the education of children overseas and as a result of her concern for the welfare of children in India whom she sponsored, decided to become vegetarian because of her concern over world food production.
In 1985 as a result of several of her family being in or passing away in King’s College Hospital, Danielle arranged and played an 18 hour sponsored harp marathon – for which she coined the name ‘Harpathon’ – in aid of that hospital’s scanner appeal.
She and went on to organise other Harpathons as fund-raising and awareness-raising events at the London College of Music. The first of these was in aid of the spina bifida charity Kasbah, then subsequently the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund (now Help Musicians UK), Fight for Sight and Scope.
|Some of the Charities for whom Danielle has organised fund-raising events|
The events themselves benefitted the harp participants and charities alike, as players worked with each other for masterclasses, workshops, concerts, exhibitions, and performances.
Danielle with her students and those of other teachers worked with people with various disabilities, including multiply disabled children at the Children’s Trust, Tadworth, Surrey and children with cerebral palsy at Meldreth Manor School, Herts.
The latter was in response to seeing a lunchtime TV feature of children at Meldreth Manor who needed new “Soundbeam” equipment to enable them to make music. All the events were publicised by Danielle and she managed to secure much media coverage for the charities concerned.
As a result of hearing a speaker on the charity Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, Danielle organised and performed two concerts to raise awareness and funds to help SARS and was interviewed on local radio about the cause.
Throughout her life she has performed for charity giving her services to help charities such as St Nicholas Hospice, heritage buildings throughout the UK, churches, the David Shepherd Foundation, to name but only a few of the organisations which she has tried to help.
She has worked a great deal for education and outreach programmes through the London Mozart Players and the Hanover Band for example. For the past three years, she has adjudicated music entries in the Koestler Trust competition for Arts in Prison.
Concerned for the welfare and rights of her fellow musicians, Danielle has played an active part in the running and governance of the Incorporated Society of Musicians to which she has belonged since her student days.
She is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for whom she served on the Professional Musicians Advisory panel.
Danielle has served for many years as Convenor of the London and South East branch of the Clarsach Society, promoting many harp events mainly of an educational nature each year.