Ardnamurchan High musicians on Village Hall Tour
Young musicians from Ardnamurchan High School visited Lochaline last Wednesday and Acharacle on Thursday to perform in public and entertain the communities as part of the rolling programme of musical village hall tours.
The atrocious weather last Wednesday limited attendance, but those who were able to brave the elements in Lochaline were welcomed by MC for the evening, Depute Head, Mr Simon Patterson and hugely enjoyed the talented performances.
Better weather for Thursday’s event in Acharacle, helped draw a larger crowd with an almost packed hall enjoying the performances as well as the refreshments. Head teacher, Mr C Millar-Craig who was MC on the Thursday, thanked the community for their welcome and support.
This year’s programme comprised: AHS S3 Group performing “Beautiful”, Mitchell MacPherson on fiddle performing “Fear a Phige” (Strathspey) and “Alasdair an Duin (Reel), Hannah Hunter singing ‘Somewhere’, Bethan White on her flute performing, “These Foolish Things”, Rachel Bolton singing a Gaelic song, Iona Cameron + Eilidh MacArthur with a Guitar Duet ,’Hector the Hero’ (Acharacle only), Janie and Herbie Patterson performing, ‘Half The World Away’, Chris McCowan playing ‘Serenade’ (Acharacle Only), Hunter’s Heroes (Aaron, Herbie, Nathan, Finn, Calum) with the “The Kesh Jig”, Rachel White on flute performing Gounod’s Ave Maria, the AHS Gaelic Medium Folk Group (Rachel, Francis, Seamus, Sean, Maryann) performing “Braigh Loch Iall”, , Liljana Alexander with the Sword Dance, Chris MacCowan/ Fern MacGillivary with a Guitar duet (Acharacle Only) Lochleven Castle, Hannah Hunter on the Saxophone with ‘Saxsequential’, Kate Bradley with a clarsach Solo and finally, Clare Ford and Kate Bradley with a fiddle + Clarsach set.
Music Teacher Miss Anderson said: “It was great to see the pupils getting recognition for the hard work they have been putting in. It has really paid off as every performance was fantastic.”
Ardnamurchan High School Parent Council Chair, Mrs Teresa Bolton said: “It was a fantastic array of talent. Well done to all especially Miss Anderson for her enthusiasm, encouragement and boundless energy !’
Head teacher, Mr C Millar-Craig added: “The Village Hall tours give us an opportunity to go out to the villages within the catchment of Ardnamurchan High School and give something back to the communities that support us. We’re very proud of the talent of all our young people and this is an opportunity to share this with parents and partners in the area.”
Ardnamurchan High School is located in Strontian and serves the wider areas of Sunart Morvern and Ardnamurchan and has a roll of 100 pupils.