Thursday 8 April | Joey O’Neill and Jésus Lorente González

For their #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, French horn player and Admin Assistant Joey O’Neill and trombonist Jésus Lorente González have teamed up to cycle ‘500 Miles’ each to raise funds for Trees for Life.

We first heard from Joey and Jésus just several days into their cycling adventures on day eleven of the campaign. You can read their post here.

After a couple of months dealing with rain, cold and wind; the weather is getting slightly better and the days longer which makes a lot more enjoyable to be out and about with the bike. This allows us to know beautiful new spots around us; Joey, for example, has got to discover some new green spaces in the East End of London.

So far, we have cycled around 700 miles between the two of us, which makes the 1000 miles goal (500 miles each) look a lot closer.  In addition, we have 17 supporters that have already donated £500 to our Cycle for the Climate justgiving fundraising page.

While cycling throughout Scotland, the song Catriona’s by Rura comes to my mind as it seems to recreate what I feel and think when riding my bike. First, the rhythm section keeping the pulse simulates pedalling in a steady pace. And then, the melody on the fiddle and whistle reflects the beautiful Scottish landscape that I can see as soon as a I am out of the city (hills, streams, lochs…). – Jésus Lorente González  

If you want to support Joey and Jésus on their mission to support Trees for Life, you can find their JustGiving page here.

If you are feeling inspired, you can make your own pledge to ‘Cycle for the Climate’ and raise money for Trees for Life. Maybe you’ll discover some amazing green spaces too, like Joey has in London!

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.