Christmas music

Hundreds of North Lanarkshire youngsters joined forces for the concert
Hundreds of North Lanarkshire youngsters joined forces for the concert

Talented youngsters from across North Lanarkshire hit the high notes at this year’s annual schools’ Christmas concerts.

Over two evenings in Motherwell Concert Hall around 570 senior pupils from secondary schools treated an audience of parents, councillors and other guests to some festive cheer.

Presenter for the evening was Angus Simpson who co-ordinated the proceedings ensuring a professional performance.

Andrew Sutherland, executive director of learning and leisure, said: “This was my first North Lanarkshire Schools’ Christmas Concert and I was really impressed with the outstanding talents on display.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved, especially our music tutors who have worked tirelessly to make our Christmas concerts possible, for their hard work and commitment in producing such a spectacular event.

“I’d also like to give special thanks to Angus Simpson for taking time out of his busy schedule to present our concerts.”

The Wind Ensemble was conducted by John Miller with Val Moyes MBE conducting the NL Primary Choir. Dominic Farr conducted the Symphony Orchestra while Carlotta Jacobs led the Junior String Orchestra.

The NL Pipe band was led by Pipe Major Ross Cowan along with Lead Drummer, Steven Nelson.

Raffles to win iPads donated by Scotshield Fire and Security Systems were held during the intervals with over £1,000 being raised for NLC music groups and the Provost’s Malawi fund.

Scotshield managing director John Stewart said: “As a father of three kids in North Lanarkshire schools I’m aware of the hard work that goes into this, both from staff and the commitment the kids give in their own time.

“Scotshield hopes to make this a regular support and we look forward to continuing our association with a great team.”