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Prep String Day

Prep String Day

Kilgraston was in fine tune after bringing together scores of young string players for a special day of music making. The school welcomed 70 children from across Perthshire and Edinburgh as part of its annual Prep School String Day.

The youngsters from seven different schools, including Kilgraston, were given the chance to work with top professional string players and perform in an evening concert.

Kilgraston’s Director of music, Andrew McGarva, said: “Through activities like today’s String Day we have the opportunity to come together to make music and friends. I’ve very fond memories of attending similar courses when I was at school and still keep in contact with a number of friends who I met through my music making. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to develop musical skills and teamwork.”

Mr McGarva invited six Prep schools – Ardvreck, Craigclowan, Cargilfield, Fettes, Clifton Hall and Morrison’s Academy – for a day’s intensive rehearsals with four guest tutors.

The coaches included violinists, Justine Watts and George Smith, Emma Peebles, a violist and cellist, Emily Walker.

The day culminated in a concert in the school’s memorial chapel in which the prep school string players performed music from Les Miserables, Viva La Viva and some popular Scots’ fiddle tunes.

The concert also featured a stirring violin performance of Fritz Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro by Kilgraston music scholar, Victoria Yeung. Just days earlier, the talented 16-year-old had been named as overall winner in Kilgraston’s Young Musician of the Year Competition, a popular contest showcasing gifted youngsters from both the Prep and Senior schools.

Kilgraston’s Principal, Frank Thompson, said: “The opportunity for young musicians from different schools to meet and play together over the course of one day is both challenging and rewarding. It was a really positive experience for everyone involved.”

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