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Hitting The Right Note

5 May 2017 | Tagged: Senior School, Music, Competitions, Events

S6 pupil Christopher O'Leary has been busy in the world of Scottish music recently.

Prior to the Easter break, Christopher took part in the Glasgow Music Festival, placing in a number of the competitions. He achieved 2nd places in Songs from the Shows (17 & 18 years) and Open Brass Solo Class, and 3rd places in 18 and Under Vocal Duets (with former High School pupil Kirsty Stirling), Male Voice Solos (18 and Under), Art Song (18 and Under) and Woodwind and Brass Concerto.

During the Easter break, Christopher played First Horn in the Senior National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Concert at Glasgow City Halls. The evening was inspired by 'The Americas', under the baton of conductor Maxime Tortelier, with Christopher also playing a challenging solo from Hanson's Symphony on the night.

A few nights later at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, he was invited, along with nine other members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, to sing with the popular group Public Service Broadcasting in a sold out concert as part of the International Science Festival. The NYCoS choir sang all the singles from their album 'The Race for Space' on a very memorable occasion.

Christopher will also travel to Berlin with NYCoS during this summer, as well as performing with the choir in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in August. The choir will be joined by the Montiverdi Singers and Trinity Boys' Choir, under acclaimed conductor Sir John Eliot-Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, in a performance of Berlioz's 'The Damnation of Faust'.

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