Academy to host American musicians

Chelsea House Orchestra
Chelsea House Orchestra

This month Linlithgow Academy will host an evening of high energy music by students from North America.

A Canadian promoter of international, educational and performance tours is bringing a fantastic concert to the Royal Burgh including a school of string players, a boys choir and an orchestra.

Earlier this year the Linlithgow Arts Guild was asked to host a concert for the North American music students.

Keen to bring the event to Linlithgow, the Arts Guild felt that this should be an event for all of the town, and enlisted the joint support of Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club and Linlithgow Folk Festival Association.

As a result on July 9, Linlithgow Academy will be filled by the musical sounds of Stringendo, the British Columbia Boys Choir and the Chelsea House Orchestra.

Flying in from Michigan, Stringendo is full of string players who learn to play by ear from a very early age. Their programme includes a potpourri of North American music including bluegrass, western swing, blues and jazz.

The British Columbia Boys Choir is a world wide success which has won acclaim on tour in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America and of course at home in Canada.

The choir, which is made up of 12 to 24-year-olds, has made over 20 recordings and their vocal harmonies will take audiences through Medieval style songs to contemporary pieces.

The Chelsea House Orchestra is a fusion of sounds and includes string instruments, flutes, clarinets as well as djembe drums.

The music these senior high school pupils create is lively, featuring Scottish and Irish traditions, Celtic renditions of American folk songs, with a little rock and roll thrown in for fun.

The 90 students will be based at Stirling University for a week, and performing in the evenings under the banner of “Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival” at venues ranging from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Tickets (£10, concessions £8, students £5) are available at The Line Gallery, Far from the Madding Crowd, and online at www.LinlithgowArtsGuild.co.uk.