News story from Kilgraston School

The show must go on as Perth's young musicians keep arts festival focused

Perhaps you weren't in a city centre venue, however the acoustics were equally impressive, with young musicians filling the air with their online performance during Perth's Festival of the Arts

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25th May 2021 — One of the highlights of Perth's annual Festival of the Arts is the county's schools' series of lunchtime concerts, normally performed throughout the week within the city's historic St John's Kirk.

Sadly, because of Covid restrictions, the festival looked to be in jeopardy, however, schools, including Kilgraston, rallied, recording their performance - with appropriate socially-distancing - within their own school, before releasing the videos on YouTube at lunchtime each day.

"So much has already been cancelled," commented Kilgraston's Director of Music Jason McAuley, "so, as with our Covid Christmas Show, I felt it was so important for the girls to keep going and have something to aim for. I couldn't be more proud of their continued application towards practice and performance."

Not compromising on time, (shows lasted the full 45 minutes of a live performance ) Kilgraston's concert featured pupils from both the Junior and Senior School, including Amy B - the School's Young Musician of the Year 2021 - performing Frank Wildhorn's 'Once Upon a Dream' from Jekyll and Hyde. Lucy M - Kilgraston's Junior Young Musician of the Year 2021 - performed a jaunty rendition of Gershwin's 'I've got Rhythm' on flute.

"Being part of the festival, performing with several other Perth schools, has been a such a valuable experience for everyone," continued McAuley, "we can call share musical ideas and inspiration away from a competitive atmosphere. Fingers crossed we will be back together next year but, if not, the show will always go on!"

Kilgraston's Perth Festival of Arts performance - https://www.kilgraston.com/latest-news/kilgrastons-musical-talents-perth-festival-arts/

Concerts from all PKC entrants - https://www.perthfestival.co.uk/event-Schools-Lunchtime-Concert-Series-id1526

Kilgraston School (Girls 5-18) is a day and boarding school in Scotland.

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