High note for Midlothian pupils

The 2011 Midlothian Schools Festival of Music concert took place in a packed Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

The 2011 Midlothian Schools Festival of Music concert took place in a packed Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

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Around 400 local school children brought the house down at this year’s Midlothian Schools Festival of Music concert.

The sell-out show, entitled Last Night of the Midlothian Proms, was held in the grand surroundings of the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

The festival, which was organised by Midlothian Council’s instrumental music service, featured 12 ensembles involving around 400 performers. Groups taking part included the Midlothian Schools Concert Band, the Saltersgate Choir, the Midlothian Schools Symphony Orchestra, the Midlothian Schools Choir, the Midlothian Schools Big Band, the Midlothian Clarsach Ensemble and the Midlothian Schools Ceilidh Band.

The finale involved all ensembles coming together on the stage for a rousing performance.

The compere this year was Alasdair Hutton, the Scottish broadcaster, who is widely known as the voice of the Edinburgh Tattoo. The Midlothian Schools Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Dr Alasdair Mitchell, who has worked with the major Scottish Orchestras and also teaches conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD).

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