Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Edel Ke­nealy

Young peo­ple from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang shone when they took to the stage at the 2016 South La­nark­shire Mu­si­cal Show­case.

Held on March 17 at Hamil­ton Town Hall, the event brought to­gether mu­si­cians from 16 high schools who per­formed ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal mu­sic to con­tem­po­rary rock, pop, soul and the Wil­liam Tell Over­ture as a drum solo.

Aged from S1 to S6, pupils per­formed as part of the Stonelaw High School Con­cert Band, Ruther­glen High School Band Class, South La­nark­shire Schools’ Per­cus­sion Ensemble and South La­nark­shire Schools’ Big Band.

Well known Cam­bus­lang singer Stephen McLaugh­lin - who found fame on BBC ta­lent show The Voice - also rep­re­sented Trin­ity High School with a vo­cal solo per­for­mance.

Jim Gil­hooly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said more than 200 stu­dents had per­formed at the event de­signed to cel­e­brate the wealth of mu­si­cal ta­lent in the area.

He said: “The mu­sic show­case is a high­light in the calendar for the pupils who take part and with the stan­dard of mu­si­cal abil­ity in South La­nark­shire so high it is a real joy for all those who at­tend.

“The in­stru­men­tal mu­sic ser­vice team do a fan­tas­tic job work­ing through­out the year to en­cour­age and sup­port the pupils mu­si­cal devel­op­ment and work hard in the weeks lead­ing up to the show­case to en­sure they give a pol­ished, pro­fes­sional per­for­mance.

T” he ex­pe­ri­ence helps these tal­ented young peo­ple grow as in­di­vid­u­als and as artists.”

Pupils at all stages of their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion are sup­ported by the in­stru­men­tal mu­sic ser­vice which

Ruther­glen High’s got ta­lent The mu­sic class band. L to R: Lucy Carr, Alex Forewell, Euan McDowall, Mor­gan Wake­l­ing, Ryan Lochrie and Mon­ica Bran­nan

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