A YOUNG singer who has performed on stage with some of Scotland’s best-known musicians is staging her own ‘kitchen concert’ on World Down Syndrome Day.

Matilda MacIntyre, 20, who is from Strathaven, first started the online gigs during lockdown with the help of her musical parents – songwriter, guitarist and record producer Douglas MacIntyre and singer Katy Lironi.

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Matilda is reviving them as a special fundraiser on the Down’s Syndrome Scotland Facebook page and it promises to be a lively event.

Katy explains: “We’ll be performing some of Matilda’s favourite songs along with Makaton signs, and there will be a link for anyone who would like to donate. We are also going to be chatting a bit about World Down Syndrome Day and the significance of the date, the 21st of the third month of the year.”

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World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. This year’s theme is End The Stereotypes.

The date was selected to signify the triplication (or trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down syndrome.

Matilda, who has Down’s Syndrome, is no stranger to performing. She is part of Choir 21, and sang on stage at Sandfest, a fundraising concert for DSS at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall featuring The Bluebells, Altered Images, Justin Currie and James Grant. Matilda’s aunt is Clare Grogan of Altered Images.

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Matilda has also released a single, Invisible, the profits of which go to DSS.

Matilda’s Kitchen Concert will take place on the DSS Facebook Page on March 21 at 7pm.