Schools’ Music Festival – Big performance from peerie cellist

Monday was the first day of performances at the Schools’ Music Festival.

This year sees the turn of the primary age group and piano, drum, strings, accordion, vocal and woodwind classes were held yesterday.

The adjudicator,Andrew Adamson,commented on the very high standard of performance all round from the children.

The highlight of day one came from Dunrossness Primary School P2 pupil Phoebe Nicol. She is the youngest solo performer this week.

 She performed in the strings class – and given her size had to use a quarter-size Cello and her own special tiny chair. Pheobe performed with gusto and confidence and even had time for a smile at the end.

 Lowrie Mouat, from Cunningsburgh, is the only drum soloist in the festival. Lowrie, who is in P5, shook up the crowd, playing with energy and enthusiasm. He very much looked and played like a true professional, headphones included.

 The adjudicator was very taken with “a super class of singers” in one of the vocal classes. Leighton Anderson, Hermoine Boyes and Holly Mouat each sang two songs.

 Mr Adamson was very impressed with their performances, and had to remind himself that the performers were only primary school aged.

 Other notable performances: Accordion player, Mike Laurenson, Dunrossness Primary School; Pianist, Tom Tait, Tingwall Primary School; Violinist, Kyna Malcolmson, Cunningsburgh School.

 The action continue yesterday evening at Mareel with the Woodwind classes and today it is the turn of the small school choirs and groups and the recorder groups.

 More reports throughout the week, as well as coverage in this week’s Shetland Times.

 Samantha Wishart

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