Har­ley was on song

Teenager per­forms on Com­monewealth legacy sin­gle

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Henshaw

A 16-year-old from Cam­bus­lang is one of the main vo­cal­ists in a new sin­gle aimed at help­ing the Com­mon­wealth Legacy Fund.

Har­ley Walsh, who at­tends the UK The­atre School in Glas­gow to study mu­sic, dance and the­atre, kicks off the vo­cals on Change the World which was writ­ten by Ross Hamil­ton and Michael Ban­nis­ter, two mu­si­cians who reg­u­larly play for Scots su­per group Texas.

Har­ley and 44 other chil­dren from the school and also from a Barnardo’s group in In­ver­clyde, recorded the sin­gle which was aired pub­licly for the first time two weeks ago, when it was per­formed as part of the Games’ of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tions on Glas­gow Green and the Mer­chant City.

Har­ley said: “Record­ing the sin­gle and tak­ing part in the video gave us all an amaz­ing in­sight into the world of mu­sic pro­duc­tion. I re­ally loved per­form­ing and feel very proud of our in­volve­ment in the project.”

In the video Har­ley is joined in the lead vo­cals by three other 16 year old girls from the school – Re­beka O’Rorke from Wishaw, Amy Al­lan from Largs and Ciara Ewing from Kil­ma­colm.

The project to pro­duce the sin­gle re­ceived fund­ing from Cel­e­brate, set up as part of the Big Lot­tery Fund aimed at help­ing groups through­out Scot­land to mark the Com­mon­wealth Games in a cre­ative and last­ing way.

School bosses re­ceived a grant from the Cel­e­brate to pro­duce a pro­fes­sional video to pro­mote the song. Al­most 60 chil­dren from the the­atre school took part in the video film­ing at King Tut’s mu­sic venue in the city af­ter its man­age­ment waived their fees for us­ing the premises.

The song has just been re­leased for down­load via iTunes, Ama­zon and Spo­tify.

The song project was spear­headed by UK The­atre School prin­ci­pal Lizanne Lam­bie Thom­son who said: “We came up with the idea as we wanted to do some­thing to mark the Com­mon­wealth Games be­ing here in the city.

“We’re all about the per­form­ing arts so we felt mu­sic and singing gave us the chance to en­ter­tain and bring smiles to those who hear the song.”

On song Har­ley Walsh per­form­ing Change the World at King Tuts

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