Rachel Martin is a Chartered Accountant with a background in consulting, teaching, and business ethics. An entrepreneur who owns and runs an art leasing company, Rachel also volunteers at Bonnie Lee Farm as Board Treasurer and Chair of their Foundation. Her interests include collecting art, golfing, and singing in the choir at Saint Mary’s Basilica. An avid gardener, she is a member of the Atlantic Rhododendron and Horticultural Society. With all this going on, Rachel and her husband, Donald Mitchell (Professor Emeritus at Dal), are regular concert-goers. They have been loyal symphony supporters and subscribers for over ten years.
“I am leaving a gift in my will because I want Symphony Nova Scotia sustained for the future,” says Rachael. “I want others to get as much enjoyment from it as my husband and I do.
“When I think of the Symphony, I think of pure pleasure. Particular themes in music – Beethoven piano concertos, for example – are just achingly beautiful to me.
“I love going to live concerts – hearing how the pieces are played and watching how the musicians enjoy it. It’s a chance to hear music that’s familiar but there are always different nuances. Every performance is unique.
“The musicians contribute so much to our musical life here in Halifax. They support the ballet and opera. They are teachers and mentors and play in all kinds of bands, duos, and groups. We would be much poorer if Symphony Nova Scotia wasn’t here to anchor those musicians in this community.
“It’s important to introduce the Symphony to audiences outside of Halifax as well and particularly young audiences. If you are introduced to symphonic music at an early age, later in life you are more likely to pick it up again when you have the opportunity to do so. Engaging young people is like planting seeds. It may take time but eventually it will take hold and grow.
“Music and education are both very important to me personally. I’m not in a position to give large amounts on an ongoing basis, so the idea of leaving something in my will really appealed to me. I hope that other people who love the Symphony will also consider the option of leaving a bequest.”
For more information on Legacy Giving, please call Elizabeth Smith at 902.421.4402 or email ElizabethSmith@symphonyns.ca.