Boclair pupils ‘connect’ with a rapt audience

A PERFORMANCE to rival Celtic Connections was how one member of the audience described a show by pupils from Boclair Academy during an ‘Evening of Scottish Culture’ recently.

Taking their audience on a narrated historical journey through Scotland’s past with poems, songs, music and visuals., performers included the school’s folk group, members of the senior choir, the string quartet and the string ensemble, who played an arrangement of a Scottish piece written by sixth form student Lucy Liveston.

One audience member was moved to tears. He said: “The standard was extremely high and the songs brought tears to my eyes”.

Another said:“It was like a night at Celtic Connections.”

Previously, the school’s performers appeared in the Scottish Fantasia in Princes Street Gardens during the Edinburgh Festival.

A spokesman said: “After the success of the performance, the students were very keen to have another opportunity to perform the same programme again. “

He added: “The Scottish Evening is also the first of many exciting events that the Music Department are going to host to help raise funds for a Grand Piano for the school’s assembly hall. The Folk Group is also hoping to enter the Danny Kyle competition as part of Celtic Connections in January next year.