Until this Sunday, it had been over two years since any of Lomond School’s music groups had performed in front of an audience, making the weekend’s Sunday at 7 concert a very special and moving event.
Head of Music, Mr. Doug Fleming, chose a loose theme surrounding the sheer ‘joy of making music together’ and performances varied from solo singing to music from the Jazz ensemble and orchestra.
Mr. Fleming said:
“For 18 months no ensemble even met, let alone rehearsed. During that time two entire cohorts of talented and musical pupils left Senior 6 without being able to have their final senior music concert and so the Department and our pupils have put in every effort to make up for lost time. We have used this session to start rebuilding the standards and the consistency that we had pre-covid, as individual performers and in the various ensembles, and I am pleased to say that the concert was a brilliant example of the progress everyone has made.”
A piano solo from Charlie packed a huge emotional punch as it dealt not only with the power of music but also with the profound impact of climate change on the Arctic. Lucy impressed with her dazzling Grade 8 violin solo, and Markus played the beautiful ‘Music for a While’ by Purcell arranged for cello. Marianne sang a very moving solo at the start of the first choral piece, One Voice, to which more voices were added as the words suggested, again following the theme of the power of making music together!
We also heard from the Jazz ensemble, Clarinet & Saxophone ensemble and the Clarsachs. The orchestra were in fine form, playing Skyfall featuring a saxophone solo from Katharina and they brought the concert to a rousing conclusion with a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Principal, Johanna Urquhart said:
“It was so lovely to come together as a wider school community after such a long time. The performances were outstanding, and it was a privilege to watch, listen and be part of this fantastic concert. Mr. Fleming, Ms. Brown and our music tutors have done a wonderful job getting our young people back to this level and I am extremely proud of our pupils and the hard work they have put in over the past few months.”
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