Rutherglen Reformer - - Newton Gala Day - Staff re­porter

Pupils from Ruther­glen pri­mary schools took part in the third an­nual In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic Ser­vice Pri­mary Show­case last week.

Around 300 chil­dren from 39 schools across South La­nark­shire took part, and the groups in­volved were mixed learn­ing com­mu­nity groups brought to­gether by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic Ser­vice (IMS) to show­case their tal­ents col­lec­tively.

The show­case, held in The Town House, Hamil­ton fea­tured soloists, choirs and in­stru­men­tal groups of pri­mary age pupils. It was a tremen­dous suc­cess and the chil­dren, the old­est be­ing just 11-years-old, per­formed to a packed au­di­ence of par­ents, grand­par­ents, friends and sup­port­ers.

Ev­ery in­stru­men­tal dis­ci­pline was on dis­play from wood­wind, brass, strings, per­cus­sion, guitar and voice and the pro­gramme en­ter­tained the au­di­ence not only by its high mu­si­cal stan­dards but in the di­ver­sity of mu­sic played.

Jim Gil­hoo­ley, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion and Tony McDaid, head of ed­u­ca­tion, went along to give their sup­port and, in his vote of thanks, Tony ex­pressed how im­pressed he was with the skills and con­fi­dence of the young per­form­ers.

The chil­dren re­hearsed at the Town House through­out the day and the at­mos­phere was en­er­getic and fun. The Avon Room was alive with chat­ter from the ex­cited per­form­ers and there was a gen­uine sense of oc­ca­sion.

This is the third pri­mary show­case event but the first to be held in the Town House. The day was such a suc­cess it is very likely that the IMS will of­fer op­por­tu­nity to pri­mary chil­dren for years to come.

The chil­dren




Melody mak­ers Josh Mur­phy( 11) and Evan Cameron (11) from Spit­tal, with Bry­ony Somerville (11), Cara Grif­fin (11) and Aimee Brown (11) from Calder­wood Pri­mary

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