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SLC Annual Instrumental Music Service


Some of the pupils who took part. Biggar High singing duo Nicole Martin (left) and Brooke Harwood (right) with fellow singers Courtney Gold from Lesmahagow High (centre left) and Naomi Shilliday from Stonelaw High (centre right).

More than 200 of South Lanarkshire’s most talented young musicians put on a show-stopping performance at Hamilton Town House.

The annual Instrumental Music Service Showcase brought together pupils from 16 high schools, who performed everything from classical music to contemporary rock, pop and soul.

Among the acts appearing were: Hamilton Grammar Big Band; Holy Cross High Junior Concert Band; Uddingston Grammar String Orchestra featuring violin soloist Blair Moore; the combined Hamilton Grammar and Holy Cross High Strings Orchestra; Strathaven Academy Stage Band; St John Ogilvie High Senior Concert Band; Holy Cross High’s Holy Soulers soul band, Uddingston Grammar saxophonist Katie Tanner; and Larkhall Academy guitarist Amy Dempster.

Instrumental music co-ordinator Graeme Barclay said: “The night was full of brilliant young performers and it would be unfair to single out any one act, so I would like to pay tribute to them all for their achievement and also to the staff at Hamilton Town House who go the extra mile to ensure the sound, lighting and welcome are to the highest standard.”

The music service supports a range of school bands and orchestras.

Executive director of South Lanarkshire Council’s education resources, Jim Gilhooly, said: “The music showcase is a highlight in the calendar for the pupils and with the standard of musical ability in South Lanarkshire so high, it is a real joy for those who attend.

“The Instrumental Music Service team do a fantastic job 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. The experience helps these talented young people grow as individuals and as artists.”