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Kilgraston pupils demonstrate a huge range of musical talent at the annual St Cecilia's Recital

Musical medley of Kilgraston talent

From seasoned professionals, to those who had just taken up their instrument, last Friday’s St Cecilia’s Recital at Kilgraston School was a showcase of talent.

Held in the School’s atmospheric Chapel, girls entertained the audience of parents, staff and fellow pupils, with a broad medley of pieces, for over an hour.

St Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and said to have “sang her heart to the Lord” at her own wedding. November the 22 is her feast day and celebrated, musically, throughout the world. Sadly, the lovely St Cecilia is thought to have lost her head to a sword.

On a jollier note, the Fiddle Group got things off to a foot-stomping start, with Marches and MacRostie Park, before Libby B-S’s haunting In French Style on Clarsach put the brakes on the pace and brought goose-bumps to attention.

Next was the light and airy Allegretto Grazioso by Emma D on violin, vibrations swooshing across the auditorium.

Funky US band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, would have been proud to hear their legendary hit Under the Bridge given a twist by the Guitar Ensemble, some of whom had only recently taken up the instrument.

Tricky masterpiece, Nocturne by Tom Hardy, moved among the audience like a stalking serpent as Lourdes O worked her bassoon to the wonderful piano accompaniment of teacher, Gordon Murch.

After this balm to the ears, Emma D, Isabel G H and Emily S – on violin, cello and double bass respectively – whisked us off to the heated dance floors of Rio with the tango tones of Per Una Cabeza.

Not to be outshone by the instruments, Grace C and Amy B belted-out big stage productions of How Could I Know from the Secret Garden and Reflection from Disney classic, Mulan.

Continuing the family favourites, the Clarsach Group transported listeners to the Land of Oz with Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Demonstrating the breadth and ambition of the show, Lucy I H, on the low-pitch Baritone, hit new heights with everyone’s favourite, Rolf Løvland’s, You Raise Me Up.

The show may have started with its patron losing her head to a sharp implement, but the end cut an even deeper impression. Aram Khachaturian’s legendary ballet, Gayane, finished with the breathtaking Sabre Dance with performers demonstrating their skill with these lethal weapons.

Similarly impressive was Yolanda N’s portrayal of this heart-quickening tune as her fingers danced across the xylophone’s keyboard, bringing the show to its heart-quickening finale.


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