Kilmarnock’s Grand Hall has once again been alive to the sound of music as over 250 talented young musicians from East Ayrshire schools performed in this year’s Spring Spectacular.
Having rehearsed hard for weeks, the magical, musical youth put on a superb show, featuring music in the Renaissance style by Peter Warlock, songs from Freddie Mercury, compositions from Neil Sedaka and choral music from John Rutter, sung by the choir.
Musical guest appearances also came from Duke Ellington through the Big Band, with Mozart being played by String Quartet and even Star Wars from the Concert Band.
There was, quite simply, something for everyone.
Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning said: “Music and the performing arts are fundamental to the quality of life, whether as simply listening for enjoyment, or as a way of engaging with the culture and traditions of the world in which we live.
“This annual Spring Spectacular concert is a real showcase for the enthusiasm of the children and staff involved and the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock is a superb platform for their skills and talents.
“Hearty thanks and congratulations to everyone who got up to take part and perform, making the event such a fantastic success once again!”
There was even more good news for musicians, staff and the audience.
For the 11th consecutive year, East Ayrshire Music Service has been nationally recognised by the Music Education Council (MEC) winning a prestigious New Music Award.
Presented for the quality and impact on young people of its work with Sir James MacMillan and the Cumnock Tryst, the award forms part of the MEC’s ongoing commitment to quality music education and is aimed at celebrating excellent practice.
The service also narrowly missed out on an unprecedented hat-trick of Major Awards, having won the MEC’s highest honour for the last two consecutive years, getting pipped by the Portsmouth Music Hub and SoundCity: Brighton and Hove, this year’s joint winners.
The Council was one of two local Authorities making it through to the last seven with East Renfrewshire.
Alan Friel, Instrumental Services Manager added: “The success of the event and the superb ongoing national recognition we’re receiving is a real credit to our young musical stars and those who support them.
“Putting on a concert like this takes a great deal of dedication not only from the pupils but also from the staff, parents and families who all play their part in making the spring concert a truly spectacular event!”