Published Monday, 20 March 2017
Some of our most talented young musicians hit all the right notes at the annual Instrumental Music Service Showcase concert.
Taking to the stage at Hamilton Town House, performers from every South Lanarkshire secondary school band, multi-school ensemble, youth orchestra, choir and soloist, wowed the audience in every style, ranging from classical music to contemporary rock, pop and soul.
The primary school sector was also represented with a performance by Hamilton’s Woodhead Primary School Choir.
The high school musicians were drawn from all stages of secondary education with the common thread that they are supported by the council’s Instrumental Music Service which co-ordinates and delivers musical tuition in South Lanarkshire schools.
Among the acts that appeared in the showcase concert were:
- Hamilton Grammar School - Senior Concert Band
- Calderside Academy - guitar solo, Jay Dalton
- Strathaven Academy – saxophone solo, Jamie Thomson
- Woodhead Primary – school choir
- Holy Cross High and Hamilton Grammar – Combined String Orchestra
- Larkhall Academy – junior choir
- St John Ogilvie High – Senior Concert Band
- Hamilton Grammar and Biggar High – Combined Vocal Ensemble
Pupils also performed with the South Lanarkshire Schools’ Percussion Ensemble, South Lanarkshire Schools’ Big Band, Mixed Learning Communities Vocal Ensemble and the Rutherglen High School Music Ensemble.
Tony McDaid, the council's Executive Director of Education Resources, said: "The Instrumental Music Service team work hard throughout the year to support and encourage the musical development of our talented pupils. The annual Showcase gives a well deserved opportunity for our young people to take centre stage.
"Over and above their regular studies our young musicians are regularly called on to perform at their schools and indeed to represent their school communities and South Lanarkshire on a larger stage at events and competitions nationally and even internationally. They are great ambassadors for our area."
And Instrumental Music Co-ordinator Graeme Barclay added: "I always find selecting the performers for our Showcase is one of the most difficult parts of the whole event. I promise that for every one of the brilliant pupils who took part there are many more equally talented young people that we could not fit on the bill.
"That being said I would like to pay tribute to the talent of the 23 acts who entertained the sell out audience. And a big thank you to the theatre staff who go the extra mile to ensure the sound, lighting and welcome in the venue are to the highest standards."