Stonelaw’s mu­sic mae­stros

Rutherglen Reformer - - Stonelaw Reformer -

‘If mu­sic be the food of love, play on…’

The mu­sic depart­ment at Stonelaw High has had an event­ful year, stretch­ing from the in­stru­men­tal mu­sic show­case in Hamil­ton Town House, to the many mu­si­cal events held in their very own assem­bly hall, write Aaron Miller, Heather McMil­lan and Jen­nifer McLaugh­lin.

All the lessons and end­less re­hearsals came to an ex­cit­ing fi­nale with a con­cert.

The Stonelaw Con­cert Band con­tin­ues to play a cru­cial role in the school com­mu­nity.

It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als to per­fect their mu­si­cal abil­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing in an ensem­ble with their peers.

Most re­cently, the band took part in the IMS show­case, where tal­ented schools from all over South La­nark­shire were in­vited along to dis­play their skills.

The show­case was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for schools and en­sem­bles to present the very best tal­ent South La­nark­shire’s mu­si­cal com­mu­nity has to of­fer.

The con­cert band played splen­didly, how­ever the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce and they just missed out on first place, com­ing in third. While there was some ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment, with only two points of a dif­fer­ence be­tween all the com­peti­tors, it has only made them more de­ter­mined to win that cov­eted first place next year.

Per­cus­sion achieved an out­stand­ing hon­ours mark with 90 points, along with a first place and guitar ensem­ble also gained a first place with a score of 85.

And so, with these com­mend­able places to add to the mu­sic depart­ment’s ac­co­lades, the term was brought to a close with a med­ley of all the va­ri­eties of mu­sic the school had to of­fer.

The con­cert also marked the fi­nal con­cert for many of the cur­rent S6 pupils who will be leav­ing this year, many of them hav­ing de­vel­oped a life-long pas­sion for mu­sic.

With many as­pir­ing young mu­si­cians com­ing up from pri­mary to fill the spa­ces they will leave, it’s com­fort­ing to know that although pupils will even­tu­ally move on, the band will re­main an amaz­ing as­set to the school, as well as an out­let for mu­si­cians to come and per­form.

As has been said be­fore,“the peo­ple may change but the songs re­main the same.”

Mu­sic mak­ers Some of the se­nior mu­sic pupils of Stonelaw with con­cert band con­duc­tor James McAleenan

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