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South Lanarkshire View

Young musicians hit a royal high note

Published: Thursday 11 July 2019

South Lanarkshire Schools Big Band play for the Queen at Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld.

South Lanarkshire Schools’ Big Band are no strangers to praise, but they can now add royal approval to their plaudits.

The young musicians were chosen to perform at the Queen’s visit to Greenfaulds High School, in Cumbernauld, and they made sure the occasion went with a swing.

Graeme Barclay, Instrumental Music Service Co-ordinator at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “It truly was an honour and privilege for the South Lanarkshire Schools’ Big Band to be invited to perform at the recent Royal Visit in Cumbernauld.

“In addition to the sun shining gloriously on the day, the exceptional musical talents and performance skills of our young musicians shone radiantly as they entertained Her Majesty The Queen and the attending dignitaries and invited guests.

“Special and grateful thanks must go to the young musicians and Instrumental Music Service staff (in particular, the band’s Musical Directors, Eliot Murray and Paul Michael) for rehearsing and performing an outstanding rendition of Jimmy Webb’s powerful composition MacArthur Park.

“Sincere thanks are also extended to the parents and family members of band members who attended and assisted on such a special day.”

The award-winning Big Band comprises around 30 young musicians who receive tuition through South Lanarkshire Council’s Instrumental Music Service.

They are regularly in demand as a concert and event-headline act, with past performances including the Cash for Kids Ball, RSNO Children’s Classic Concerts, Queen’s Baton Relay, Heads of Instrumental Teaching Conference and sell-out concerts at Rutherglen Town Hall.

The band was awarded the Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Award for Community Empowerment at the SLC Pupil Awards Ceremony in 2017 and continues to entertain its audiences with a selection of traditional Big Band standards and swinging modern-day musical hits.