Supporting Maggie's North East came very naturally to 20 Edinburgh Freemasons, who are very talented and acclaimed speakers and Burns Recitalists
, when Athol asked his Edinburgh Lodge for help with the entertainment at his recent Burns lunch.
Without the organ the village would lose out on the visits from visiting recitalists
and the choir would lose out greatly.
But perhaps the most distinctive development in Radio 3's commitment over the years, dating from the competition's twentieth-anniversary year in 2003, is linked specifically to the importance the competition has always placed on the special gifts many of the entrants have demonstrated over the years as recitalists
in the fields of German Lieder and Song.