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Douglas Academy Easter Concert'Chamber Orchestra perform Entree to "Pygmalion"'Pic by Alan Murray 21-03-12
Douglas Academy Easter Concert'Chamber Orchestra perform Entree to "Pygmalion"'Pic by Alan Murray 21-03-12

Douglas Academy

FOLLOWING on from the success of Les Misérables the variety concert in November and the Christmas concert in December, each to packed audiences, the second term has been a particularly busy time for Douglas Academy musicians.

The Music School annual recital in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland produced some outstanding performances from all who took part.

Then they took part in a programme hosted by the Paisley Philharmonic Choir in Paisley Town Hall when Douglas Academy pupils were given an incredibly enthusiastic response.

Performances were also provided for the Burns’ Supper of the Men’s Club in St Paul’s Church, the Probus Club of Allander, the Guild of St Paul’s Parish Church, and a fundraising concert for the National Trust of Scotland.

Following a competition for places, the leader of the West of Scotland Schools’ Symphony Orchestra will be fifth year pupil, Laura Ayoub, and the leader of the 2nd violins in the same orchestra will be fifth year pupil, Kirsty Macleod, sixth year pupil Beth Thayne will be the concerto soloist in this year’s performances by the West of Scotland Schools’ concert band.

Thirty Douglas Academy pupils will be involved in the West performances in June and August.

In the Glasgow Music Festival, Douglas Academy pupils were placed first in 29 classes which included the senior choir, the chamber choir, the vocal ensemble, the first orchestra and the chamber orchestra’s first place in each of their competitions.

Chamber music groups also gained first places in three classes.

There were outstanding solo performances by many pupils including Ju Yeun Bae’s winning of the piano premier class, Alice Yeoman, Eva Macfarlane and Maria O’Neill’s first places in vocal classes and Donald Robinson’s award as winner of the Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize and John Fyfe trophy for the most outstanding performance of the Festival.

Congratulations also go to many more pupils who performed so well and received high marks from the adjudicators.