Choir takes it all

Pupils at Our Lady and St Francis PS with Ewa Scott of ABBAMANIA
Pupils at Our Lady and St Francis PS with Ewa Scott of ABBAMANIA

Pupils and staff from Our Lady and St Francis Primary in Carfin are set to perform at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in front of a capacity crowd.

The school choir will appear alongside internationally acclaimed Abba tribute band Abbamania next Thursday (December 18).

Acting headteacher Geraldine Shearer explained: “I know one of the performers, Ewa Scott, who sings with Abbamania through a mutual friend.

“Ewa had mentioned to her that Abbamania were going to be playing in Glasgow at Christmas and that it might be quite nice to have a school choir joining them on stage. This is where we came in.

“Although I have only been in the school for a few weeks, I had heard great things about our school choir and thought they would be perfect for it.

“Heather Ewart, our Kodaly expert, leads our choir and she too is delighted at the prospect of performing with such a big act.

“Our pupils are thrilled at the prospect of playing at the Concert Hall – they’re taking rehearsals very seriously although I’m not sure what they make of some of the outfits!”

The school choir meets every second Monday with Heather Ewart, along with Abbamania band member, Ewa Scott, to learn the new songs.

The school choir will sing around four or five Christmas songs and then Abbamania will join them on stage for I Have a Dream in front of a sell out audience.

After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1874, Abba gained immense international popularity, employed catchy song hooks, thoughtful lyrics and a wall of sound.

As their popularity grew, they were highly sought after touring the world, drawing crowds of near-hysterical fans.

Abbamania were formed in 1998 and is now recognised as one of the most authentic Abba tribute bands in the world. They tour all over the world to sell out audiences.