NBHS Spring Concert 2010

Although the end of term finished, somewhat frustratingly, with the Knox Spring Concert having to be postponed* due to weather conditions, the NBHS Spring Concert was a great success.

The Guitar Ensemble opened their set with Choro: choro (right-click red link to download)

Then Zoe, who has worked with us extensively over the last two years, joined us for two songs by Robert Burns:

The Lea Rig (some mic noise interrupted Verse 1 and so this fades in at Verse 2): the-lea-rig1 (right-click red link to download)

The Deil’s Awa’: the-deils-awa (right-click red link to download)

Although public, in-school engagements are pretty much over for NBHS pupils this term, we are hoping to represent the school at the 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference on 28 June. Performing music of the host country at this event would be a great honour for us in addition to being a great end to the school year.

* the Knox Spring Concert has been rescheduled and will take place at 19:00 on Tuesday 20 Apr – the day we return to school

2 thoughts on “NBHS Spring Concert 2010”

  1. Hello Alan,
    Thank you for alerting us to this programme.
    Alistair Orr (Brass Instrumental teacher) Spoke eloquently
    for you all.
    However, the answers were as usual, to throw the blame on
    someone else and fudge the big issues.
    We will have to wait and see I suppose.
    It makes me mad to think we have to depend on Lottery moneyfor
    our super talented musicians to survive.
    What did you make of the programme?
    ps I did send the following email:

    Question for the panel;

    Do you think it is every child’s right to have instrumental instruction,

    provided of course the child wants to learn and shows ability?

    In Scotland, the authorities have withdrawn instrumental instruction in some schools.

    This worries me.
    Many parents do not have the money to buy the instruments and pay for private tuition.
    Some instruments are expensive (e.g. Brass instruments).
    We sometimes take our orchestras, choirs, and bands for granted in this country.
    If we are to continue to compete with Germany (French system is terrible), and produce the talented youngsters we must support the instrumental staff who produce our orchestral and solo players.
    Musicians are a special group…OK.
    Every child should be special.
    Every child should be at least given the opportunity.
    Every child no matter how poor or deprived or handicapped should at least be given the chance…given instrument lessons.
    ..if that child has the ability.
    This child we are talking about might be your child.
    This child might have no parents, poor, but a highly talented and eager student…
    This child might be your child.
    Do we deprive him of something that will give him pleasure confidence companionship and help with the other studies?
    (Research shows that reading music does help with other studies)
    Who ever is in power, just remember this might be your child one day.
    If your child shows ability and a strong desire to play would you not want him/her to get the chance?
    This child might be your child.
    Unlike industry or business that produces wealth in terms of money,
    the reward at the Christmas Concert or Summer Concert infinitely more precious than morney can buy.
    Please, whoever gets into power, do not cut instrumental music lessons in Primary or Secondary Schools.
    Ann Cruickshank
    Retired Music Teacher.

  2. Sorry Alan..had a problem with the computer and I put the comment in the wrong place…

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