School spectacular hits all the right notes
Applause rocked the Grand Hall as a packed audience enjoyed a concert featuring everything from classical to cartoon themes and pop to pipe music.
The fantastic evening’s entertainment showcased the talent of young musicians from schools across East Ayrshire.
Groups performing included the East Ayrshire Choir, in romantic mode with tuneful renditions of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and I Want To Know What Love Is, featuring superb solo performances from young singers.
The ever-popular Big Band entertained the audience with the theme from Family Guy – and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. The Band also got into the swing of the legendary Glenn Miller – joined by dancers from Kilmarnock Academy.
The rousing skirl of the bagpipes raised the rafters with a medley of airs, marches, strathspeys and reels – and Kilmarnock Academy’s amazing Samba Band and dancers added a vibrant dash of colour to the evening.
The Concert Band closed the show with a spectacular tribute to the great spaghetti western composer Ennio Merricone – truly a musical evening with something for everyone!
Paul Wood, Instrumental Music Service Manager, said: “All the groups worked hard over six weeks of rehearsals to put together an excellent programme of a high musical standard.
“A highlight this year was the first-ever performance by our newly formed East Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra, playing a range of music, from Verdi’s Aida to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, with a bit of Sibelius and Harry Potter for good measure”.
Graham Short, Executive Director of Educational & Social Services, said: “An event like this provides an excellent opportunity for young people to meet and appreciate each other’s skills and talents, while performing in the Grand Hall gives them the very special experience of
sharing their music making with a wider audience.
“The performances not only recognised the talents of the young performers and the dedication of their teachers, but also reflected the support and encouragement from parents, family members and carers”.
For further information, contact Elaine Scott on 01563 576013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org