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High School Singers Perform with RSNO

13 November 2018 | Tagged: Senior School, Music

Fourteen Senior School singers performed under the baton of acclaimed Conductor and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National OrchestraThomas Søndergård, in concerts across the country during Remembrance weekend. 

The 14 boys, Sebastien Schneeberger (S6), Reuben Gilson-Barnett (S5), Cathal Callan, John Greene, Ralph Hemsley, Fergus Inns, Adam Insall, Jenson Miller, Adam Sefcik, Matthew Taylor, Andrew Whitelaw (All S4), Finlay Davison, Sholto Kinghorn and Danny Petrie (all S3), were part of the 80-strong Glasgow Cambiata choir who performed movements from a collection called "All Those Men Who Marched Away” by Ken Johnstone and Jim Maxwell, about the soldiers in the First World War.

The wider concerts saw performances of Poulenc's "Gloria" over three nights at the Horsecross in Perth, the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, with the Glasgow Cambiata, singing for the first time with an orchestra, joined by the RSNO Chorus, celebrating 175 years since their formation, Soprano Elin Rombo and Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, with Thomas Søndergård conducting.

Glasgow Cambiata was formed by High School teacher Mr Frikki Walker in 2016 to sing a concert commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Using the RSNO Junior Chorus Changed Voices (conducted by Mr Walker) as the basis of the group, it now comprises several choirs of boys from Bearsden Academy, The Glasgow Academy, Kelvinside Academy and St Andrew’s Carntyne Secondary Glasgow schools whose voices are changing and developing.

Despite originally being conceived as a one-off, the first Glasgow Cambiata concert in November 2016 was deemed such a success that last year they came together again to sing a concert celebrating the music of Scotland, and there are now plans to develop the choir further to offer more performance opportunities and to increase the number of boys taking part.

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