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Two drawings of musicians at work, including some of the pupils of the Wells Cathedral School, by Kate Otley, a parent of one of the pupils. The drawings are to be exhibited later this year to raise money for the Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School, an organisation which encourages the musical education of the pupils of the Wells Cathedral School.

The Friends are keen to bring music to the area and to encourage young people to appreciate music. They organise musical events, at home and abroad, and are now fund-raising for a concert to be given by Evelyn Glennie, the percussionist, on Saturday 15 May. On the following day she will be giving a master-class. The Friends need to raise pounds 5,000 in order to stage the event.

The school includes two musical foundations: the chorister school, dating from before the Norman Conquest, and the specialist music school for gifted boys and girls, founded in 1970. The school gives a lunchtime recital for the public every Thursday during term time; and regularly gives concerts.

Members of the Friends receive a newsletter three times a year, priority booking and concession rates as well as invitations to master-classes, workshops and other musical events. For further information, contact: Friends of the Music at Wells Cathedral, Music School, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE, telephone 0749 72970.

The Missing Persons Bureau, which was formed last year, is a national organisation providing support and help for those left behind when someone goes missing. The bureau gives practical advice on how to deal with such an absence. It runs a 24-hour Helpline and has a street worker actively searching for missing persons who are particularly vulnerable because of their age or an illness. Since last July, the bureau has reunited over 80 people with their families; the Helpline receives over 500 calls a week. The bureau needs to raise more funds to continue to function and to set up a computerised register which can be used by other agencies involved with this work.

The Missing Persons Bureau, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, London SW14 8LS, telephone 081-392 2000.

Lifeline, a charity working specifically for women in eight city centres in England and Scotland, is appealing for funds so that it can continue its work. It provides counselling for women with worries about pregnancy, abortion trauma, Aids, baby care, sex and family life. During the last year 22,000 women came to Lifeline for help. Each centre provides, free of charge, counselling, pregnancy tests, help with baby equipment and accommodation, as well as talks in schools. The charity, in turn, pays the counsellors. Lifeline depends mainly on donations to fund its centres.

The National Administrator, Lifeline, Cae Bach, 4 Pant y Wennol, Bodafon, Llandudno, Gwynedd LL30 3DS, telephone 0492 543741.

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