About Mr.Stewart

Depute Head Teacher at Preston Lodge High School Head of Gosford House. Volunteer Presenter on East Coast 107.6FM.

Senior Dance 2017

So we have finally got to the end of term!!

Our amazing Senior Dance on Thursday evening with our fantastic young people who all dressed to impress!!

I know this is a long video but there are so many great photos it seemed wrong to edit any out.

From everyone at Preston Lodge have a great holiday – see you all on January the 8th

Pipeband in China: TV Spectacular

This is an amazing thing to watch. The Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band at the 19th Nanning International Folk Song Festival.

You should watch the first few minutes to get a sense of the magnitude of this event, a stadium audience of around 50000 and a massive TV audience – Scotmid are getting their monies worth from the sponsorship message on the bass drum!!

The show is around 2½ hours long but the section featuring our Pipe Band starts at around 01:44:00 with the band making their appearance around 01:47:30

Guangxi TV station 19th Nanning International Festival Opening Gala Concert

Preston Lodge Pipe Band at the 2017 Nanning Festival Gala Concert

There is also Chinese TV News coverage of the visit the band made to a school on the 1st day of their visit  http://www.nntv.cn/news/ms/2017-9-10/1505007957604.shtml

Pipeband in China: Nanning Day 4

Monday was to be a busy day rehearsing for the opening gala concert but we had some free time in the morning so visited the Quangxi Arts Institute which would be the equivalent of the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.

There were many music shops in the area and we visited the biggest one. The staff were incredibly helpful and demonstrated and allowed us to try a wide variety of traditional Chinese instruments. Lee bought a Hulusi flute which has similarities to the bagpipes in that it is a reeded instrument with a chanter and two drones. It is also in the same key as the bagpipes so perhaps we will be able to combine the two instruments in the future.

Lunch was a challenging affair with a variety of pretty unusual delicacies. Ducks feet were the order of the day and though a few of us tried to give it a go, in the end none of us had the stomach for it.

Our interpreter, Kimi, spent some time with us teaching us how to say our “Chinese” names with sometimes hilarious outcomes. In the end she awarded us all 90 – 100%.

The rest of the day was spent rehearsing for the show. The press were out in force and we gave interviews for various television stations throughout Asia. We were also in serious demand for photos and I’m sure by now the entire cast has had a selfie taken with at least one of us.

The day finished quite late and we did not get back to our hotel until 12.30am.

It’s showtime tomorrow so everyone will hopefully get a good nights sleep.