Music From The Waves

We have received information regarding the exploits of an Old Bordenian via a former teacher of the school (Les Olive, who was the guest speaker at the last OBA Reunion Dinner). Les's email is reproduced below.

Martin Soons, whom I taught as a boy at Borden Grammar School in the 1970s, sets sail on Monday (16th June) to sail around Britain in aid of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

I am joining him on two legs of the journey, from Lymington around Land's End to Padstow, and then again from Kinlochbervie to the Orkneys. 

Martin suffered a femoral deep vein thrombosis after a ski-ing accident severely damaged his knee, and he will be in daily contact with West Suffolk Hospital as he continues to dose himself with Warfarin all the way round his 2,000-mile challenge.

His doctors have encouraged him to go ahead with the circumnavigation, because he can, but also because his courageous example in this great adventure will encourage other people suffering from a dvt not to give up their normal lives.

The Suffolk Philharmonic is also a great adventure, and perhaps the greatest challenge of my own life.

Since we launched in 2012 we have been greeted with the most amazing feedback from people who have attended our free community concerts and our symphony concerts alike.

But the costs are high. At our symphony concerts, sell-out ticket sales can cover no more than half the costs.

To help give the SPO project a fair wind, Martin has generously invited the SPO to benefit from sponsorship of his circumnavigation.

Please will you support him, and in doing so support the SPO, and support me?

You will find the story on Martin's blog at where there is a link to the Suffolk Philharmonic's page on the Just Giving website.

If this appeal is successful, we plan to include Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture in our 2nd November concert to mark its success and as a kind of musical-nautical "thank you."

Please give very generously.

Best wishes

Les Olive