THREE top class musicians are coming together at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon in October to raise funds for sick teenager Miranda Meldrum.

Cathy Thompson on violin, Caroline Dale on cello and Sally Heath on piano are performing a one-off concert on Thursday, October 19 with all proceeds going towards the Miranda Meldrum rehabilitation fund.

Miranda, whose story appeared in the Wiltshire Times on September 1, has been in hospital since April 25 this year after suffering a life-changing brain haemorrhage.

She used to sing and perform at the Wiltshire Music Centre but is now recovering in hospital. The brain haemorrhage has resulted in Locked-in Syndrome, which means she cannot walk or talk – or sing.

Organiser Jane Quigley said: “Anyone close to Miranda will know her for her beautiful voice and love of music and we all hope and pray that her voice will return one day.

“Cathy Thompson is a close family friend and offered to put on this special performance for her for free. We are hoping to get a full house and raise more than £2,000 to help Miranda.

“The evening will be an uplifting mixture of soundtracks, classical, and popular music to appeal to a wide audience.”

Cathy Thompson began playing the violin aged 10 and gained a scholarship to study at the guildhall and then with Emanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music.

She went on to study in Vienna with the Haydn trio of Vienna. She worked with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields before deciding to join the Medici Quartet in 1994.

She recorded the complete Schubert s and won a Grammy for the great G major recording. She was appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1995.

She has performed in concerts for a great variety of artists - most notably with the Michael Nyman Band, Peter Gabriel, Sting and the Stone Roses.

Cathy has worked more recently in the film and pop world with Jamirquoi, Stevie Wonder, U2, and the late Lou Reed. Cathy has also just written her first film score for ‘Darkness of the Moors’.

Caroline Dale lives in Wiltshire and is one of the UK’s most talented cellists. She studied in Germany and under the late Florence Hooten.

She has won several accolades playing the solo cello music from the films ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, 'Hilary and Jackie’, ‘Atonement’, and ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and has worked with artists as diverse as Sinead O’Connor, U2 and has toured extensively with the singer David Gray.

She recently produced and arranged Alexander Armstrong’s album and is currently principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra.

Sally Heath studied at the Royal College of Music where she won the Concerto Prize with a performance of Beethoven’s 1st piano concerto.

After a postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she was offered a position as an accompanist for both junior and senior departments.

Here, Sally formed a trio with clarinettist Joan Lluna and cellist Nick Roberts, appearing frequently in Spain and broadcasting live as part of the Barcelona Festival.

Her chamber career flourished and she joined the London Metropolitan Ensemble, with whom she gave a Wigmore Hall concert and a classic FM broadcast.

As well as her solo and chamber appearances, Sally is a member of the London Metropolitan Orchestra, playing on film and TV soundtracks such as Inspector Morse, Lewis, Hilary and Jackie, Truly Madly Deeply and more recently, The Young Victoria, Still Alice, Shaun the Sheep and Florence Foster Jenkins.

The fund-raising concert starts at 7.30pm on October 19. Tickets are £10 and available from the Wiltshire Music Centre on 01225 860100.