Voices on song for their town move

Ayrshire Post - - PRESTWICK NEWS -

One of Ayr­shire’s most revered mu­si­cal schools has re­lo­cated to Prest­wick.

Marilyn de Blieck and Ray­mond Bramwell are be­hind The Song Stu­dio at 180 Main Street.

The pair, who have spent a life­time as mu­si­cians, teach­ers and per­form­ers, are famed for run­ning the Ayr­shire Voices brand.

The re­spected coach­ing classes will now run from their own premises in the town.

Stu­dents and singers from all over Ayr­shire and ex­pected to be drawn to Prest­wick to at­tend the work­shops.

The Song Stu­dio was of­fi­cially opened by Ayr­shire- born and in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous com­poser, Sir James MacMillan CBE.

Sir James spoke of his ad­mi­ra­tion for Marilyn and Ray­mond’s work over many years, and of the in­flu­ence it had on him in his youth.

He em­pha­sised that “they have never given up” al­though work­ing in the arts is al­ways fraught with dif­fi­cul­ties – both fi­nan­cial and prac­ti­cal.

Fol­low­ing his words and the cut­ting of the rib­bon, guests en­joyed a short en­ter­tain­ment de­vised by Marilyn and fea­tur­ing for­mer Ayr­shire Voices stu­dent Pauline Gra­ham, now pur­su­ing a dis­tin­guished ca­reer as a solo singer from her cur­rent base in Ire­land.

Marilyn said: “The Song Stu­dio will meet a long- felt need for a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in singing in this part of the world by pro­vid­ing a pur­pose­built en­vi­ron­ment for singers of all ages to study, re­hearse and come to­gether.

“The new Ayr­shire Voices ex­pe­ri­ence en­com­passes sev­eral ar­eas – singing lessons for both young peo­ple and adults both in­di­vid­u­ally and in groups, the op­por­tu­nity to sing choral clas­sics in the Choir of Ayr­shire Voices, ac­cess to the AV Mu­sic Li­brary now housed at the stu­dio, and an ad­min­is­tra­tive base for con­certs in Ayr­shire cel­e­brat­ing the hu­man voice un­der the “Song­works” ban­ner.

“It is our hope that the stu­dio and its ac­tiv­i­ties will be­come an in­te­gral part of the artis­tic and com­mu­nity life of Ayr­shire in gen­eral and Prest­wick in par­tic­u­lar in the years to come.”

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