Composer Ben’s Ceilidh next week

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A Stonehaven music student is close to securing his dream of attending prestigious New York university NYU Steinhardt and is hosting a fundraising ceilidh next week.

Ben McMillan (28) has been awarded the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York Scholarship Fund to study in America on completion of his Masters in Vocal Composition course at the University of Aberdeen.

He has set his sights on a career as a film composer and was accepted onto the Masters in Film Composition and Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt, a specialist institution which has produced alumni including Disney’s most prolific composer Alan Menken, who has worked on films including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, and the composer and producer Mark Ronson.

The scholarship covers Ben’s first year of tuition, however he is now faced with the task of raising the remaining funds needed to pay for his accommodation and living costs. His family have rallied round, and with the aid of his brothers, he has organised a fundraising ceilidh in Stonehaven Town Hall, to take place on Friday August 7.

With the date of the ceilidh getting closer, and his flight to New York not soon after, Ben is still looking for sponsorship for the raffle and auction taking place on the night, and is keen for local businesses to get in touch if they have anything that they can contribute. Anyone who can contribute to the auction can contact Ben via email at benjamin_mcmillan@hotmail.co.uk. Tickets for the ceilidh are on sale at Molly Gunnings.

You can find more info at the gofundme page Ben has set up at Www.gofundme.com/vtz7us, where people can contribute to his total.