Norfolk teenager Emily Winter to play concert in Harleston with Louis de Berni�res in aid of conservation trip

A teenager will be performing in a concert with award-winning author and fellow musician Louis de Berni�res to raise money for a trip of a lifetime doing conservation work in Indonesia.

Emily Winter, 18, who lives in Denton, near Harleston, will head off to Indonesia in June for six weeks to study animals which are only found in that part of the world.

'I'll be monitoring populations and, if they are in decline, exploring ways to restore the populations without damaging other aspects of the rainforest ecology,' she said.

Emily, who is studying biology at Durham University and aims to specialise in ecology, evolution and behaviour, will be doing the work for Operation Wallacea, a network of academics from European and North American universities who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes.

'It'll be a great experience. I'll be able to put what I've been learning about into practice, working in the field,' she added.

The concert, A Charity Evening of Music and Song, will take place at the Swan Hotel in Harleston on Saturday, March 31, at 7.30pm.

It will feature musical performances from Mr de Berni�res – whose best-selling novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin was turned into a movie blockbuster – Treble Clef, Janet Kenyon and other local musicians including, of course, Emily herself on flute, piano and guitar.

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Tickets – �4 in advance, �5 on the door – are available from Harleston Pet Stores, on the Old Market Place, or by calling Emily on 01379 668777.

For further details about Operation Wallacea, visit: www.opwall.com

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