Tal­ented pupils shine at con­cert

En­ter­tain­ment at Blair­gowrie High School

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran Vic­to­ria Ritchie from the string or­ches­tra

Tal­ented pupils at Blair­gowrie High School en­ter­tained and de­lighted au­di­ence mem­bers at the music depart­ment’s fes­tive con­cert re­cently.

There was a good turnout at the Beeches Road school for the event which saw pupils show off their skills with a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances.

The show opened with pipers, led by AJ McGre­gor, and dancers from the school per­form­ing a rou­tine chore­ographed by Casey Mea­ger and Laura McLean to The Pogues’ clas­sic ‘Fairy­tale of New York’.

The choir then sang ‘The Rhythm of Life’ ac­com­pa­nied by music teacher Mrs James on pi­ano.

S2 pupil and brass player Tom Kelly per­formed ‘See Amid the Glis­ten­ing Snow’ fol­lowed by the school’s brass ensem­ble play­ing ‘Carol of the Bells’ and Lisa Fair­weather and Fiona Stewart duet­ting on ‘Cap­pric­cio Ital­ien’.

A pi­ano duet of ‘Jin­gle Bells’ by Me­gan Ashley and Josephine Addison then fol­lowed.

Kirsty Bar­nett, Ni­amh Hunter and Ruth Daniell sang ‘Silent Night’ be­fore the dancers re­turned to the stage with an en­er­getic Ir­ish jig.

The string or­ches­tra per­formed ‘Sleigh Ride’ and then S1 pupil Camp­bell Napier took to the stage with his sax­o­phone for a solo per­for­mance of ‘Di­a­monds Are For­ever’.

S4 pupil Roisin Penny played a cor­net solo, ‘Troika’, be­fore the choir sang ‘Home is where the heart is’ to fin­ish.

Prin­ci­pal teacher of the music and drama depart­ment at Blair­gowrie High School, Rose­mary Chivers, thanked ev­ery­one for com­ing to the show.

She said: “This time of year is very busy and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one who found the time to come out and sup­port us.

“This is the fourth year that we have done this show at Blair­gowrie High School and a lot of hard work goes into mak­ing this sort of event hap­pen.

“I would like to thank the music teach­ers and my col­leagues in the music depart­ment for all their ef­fort, my col­leagues in the drama depart­ment and the other mem­bers of staff who per­formed or sang, and the jan­i­to­rial staff who set ev­ery­thing up for us.

“Thanks also to the pupils who all did so well, and to their par­ents for en­cour­ag­ing the young peo­ple to keep up with their music lessons.

“This year’s show was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as it was music teacher Ali­son James’ last week at Blair­gowrie High School.

“She has been a stal­wart of the music depart­ment since 1996 through all the changes, the re­builds and the cur­ricu­lum reshuf­fles.

“The con­cert is a tes­ti­mony to her skill as a mu­si­cian and the stan­dard she in­stils in the pupils is tremen­dous.”

Head girl at Blair­gowrie High School, Kirsty Bar­nett, added her thanks to Mrs James.

She said: “Mrs James has been my music teacher for six years and has in­flu­enced me not only mu­si­cally but also in­spired me as a per­son.

“For some­one to be in­spi­ra­tional they need to have cer­tain qual­i­ties. They need to be some­one who is ap­proach­able and some­one you can trust. Mrs James is very ob­ser­vant and al­ways knows if there’s some­thing wrong. She’ll do ev­ery­thing she can to sup­port you whether it’s to make you laugh with a witty joke or of­fer you a tis­sue.

“She is the queen of prepa­ra­tion, ex­tremely de­ter­mined and never gives up. She has a unique sense of hu­mour and al­ways has time to of­fer pupils. We will all miss her very much.”

And head teacher at the school Bev Les­lie added: “This was an­other great show of Blair­gowrie tal­ent, made all the more poignant as it was Mrs James’ last week at the school af­ter 23 years ser­vice.

“We would like to wish her all the best in her new po­si­tion at Perth High School - our sig­nif­i­cant loss is their sig­nif­i­cant gain.

“I would also like to say well done to all the pupils and staff for work­ing to­gether to pro­duce an­other fan­tas­tic show. It was a lovely evening, and I was es­pe­cially de­lighted to hear one mem­ber of the pub­lic in the au­di­ence comment on what an achieve­ment it is to get so many young peo­ple up on stage per­form­ing so well.

“They are cer­tainly a credit to the school.”


Tal­ented The choir were ac­com­pa­nied by music teacher Ali­son James

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