Student string ensemble hopes to hit high note for Edinburgh charity

A string ensemble with an unorthodox repertoire is hoping a concert at one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious venues will be a fundraising success for a local mental health charity.

The Super String Companions group will take the stage at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh later this month to raise funds for Penumbra, one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities.

The six person ensemble is made up of medical students from the University of Edinburgh who came together after tutors set their class a group assignment.

Viola player Eve Sealy said:

“This semester we had to carry out a group project, but it didn’t have to be medical so we formed a string sextet with the aim of playing in a care home and organising a charity concert.”

“Our debut performance was a few weeks ago and we all really enjoyed it. Even though our group project finished we wanted to continue playing, so we decided to host another concert. Two members of the group suggested we fundraise for Penumbra as we are aware of the important work that the charity does.”

Mental health charity Penumbra is based in Edinburgh and runs a number of services in the city, including the Edinburgh Crisis Centre. Proceeds from the concert will go to the charity’s Edinburgh Self Harm service, which provides non-judgemental, friendly and user led support for people who self-harm.

Unlike many other sextets, Super String Companions play a mix of contemporary and classical music. Their repertoire includes string classics like Pachelbel’s Canon, as well as pop songs like David Guetta hit Titanium, and music arranged by members of the ensemble.

Super String Companions play St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral (Palmerston Pl, Edinburgh EH12 5AW) on Saturday 29 April at 15.00. Tickets can be purchased by contacting (students: £3, non students: £5) or at the venue on the day (students: £4, non students: £6). There will also be a raffle at the event.

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Notes to Editors

About Super String Companions

  1. The members of the group are: Feiya Hu (Violin), Alex Shen (Violin), Muang Luanghvisut (Violin), Jack Roberts (Violin), Eve Sealy (Viola), and Helena Moore (Cello).
  2. Members hail from England, Scotland, China, and Thailand.
  3. All members are medical students at the University of Edinburgh.

About Penumbra

  1. Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities, providing support to around 1000 adults and young people every week.
  2. Across Scotland Penumbra run services for young people, a mental health crisis centre, social and community inclusion services, supported living and accommodation services, ARBD services and projects which support people who self-harm and those who may be at risk of suicide.
  3. More information about Penumbra can be found at: or on Twitter (@Penumbra_Scot) and Facebook (
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