School pupils in tune and on song

AUDITIONS have been taking place in East Dunbartonshire secondary schools over the last week to decide the places for the Senior Groups for the 2012-2013 season.

The Authority supports a wide range of musical activity involving pupils from all schools and runs a total of 10 residential music courses at Gartmore House, near Aberfoyle.

The highest level of performance is offered through the Secondary Schools’ Orchestra which meets for a week long residential course at the end of June which culminates in a full symphony concert.

Councillor Eric Gotts, Convener of Education, said: “Again, this year I would like to congratulate the orchestra for the high standard that it maintains.

“The young people who make up the orchestra are dedicated and have extraordinary skills and this is shown to its best advantage at the Gala Christmas Performance which is held each year in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to come along this year to support these young people and of course have a very enjoyable evening.”

On Monday, December 3, this orchestra joins with the 250 members of the Primary Schools Choir, a small group of pupils from the Gaelic Unit of Meadowburn Primary School and pupils from Merkland School for the EDC Christmas Gala Concert at the prestigious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

For pupils of secondary school age, there is a jazz orchestra which rehearses every Wednesday evening.

Additionally, there are two String Orchestras and two Wind Bands which rehearse regularly from October until March on alternate Sundays.

In either discipline there is a training group and one which is of a more advanced standard offering pupils the opportunity to study a wide variety of music in many styles.

All these groups have weekend residential courses at Gartmore House and will perform at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 26 2013.