Midlothian schools in music festival

Tickets are selling out fast for the Midlothian Festival of Music concert.

The concert, organised by Midlothian Council’s Instrumental Music Service and in collaboration with schools, takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 20, at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

It will feature around 400 young Midlothian musicians with ensembles from big bands and choirs to symphony orchestras and rock bands.

The compere will be Alasdair Hutton, known as ‘The Voice of the Edinburgh Tattoo’, and highlights will include a guest appearance of the Midlothian members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Councillor Lisa Beattie (SNP), cabinet member for education, said: “This year’s concert is shaping up to be the biggest yet and is a real highlight of the school year.

“The commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved in organising this event has been remarkable and I would like to thank everyone, both young and old who are involved for their tremendous efforts.

“I’m looking forward to the concert and I’m sure it will be a night to be remembered by everyone, including musicians, their families and guests.”

Tickets are available from the Usher Hall Box Office, Lothian Road, Edinburgh.

Funds raised will be reinvested in instrumental music in Midlothian.