Pupils’ time for 
self expression

Callum and Eilidh sing More Than Words by Extreme.
Callum and Eilidh sing More Than Words by Extreme.

Every year the art department at Linlithgow Academy organises an event to showcase the wide variety 
of creative talent from 
 across the school.

This year featured individual singers and bands as well as dancers and a magician.

The first half of the show was all about music and magic with four piece band Long Way Home, all S4 pupils, opening the show with their own material.

Show hosts Lauchlan McCall and Alexander McKenzie (S6) then introduced Chiara McDougall (S2) who wowed the audience with a voice beyond her years.

Chiara was followed by S3 students Eilidh Anderson and Calum Anderson (no relation) who covered a couple of 90s classic rock songs to rapturous applause.

The youngest performer of the evening Daisy Mackie (S1) showed off her piano and singing skills and, again, the performance reflected a real maturity.

A break from music gave way for Magic Matt (Matthew Webb S3) to wow the audience with his card tricks.

After this magical interlude the audience was introduced to Emma Ezady (S6). This is Emma’s final year at the school and she has participated in school shows and performances since starting at the Academy.

Her cover version of ‘Travellin’ Soldier’ by the Dixie Chicks appeared to move the audience with Emma’s delivery of the song’s anti-war narrative.

To end the first half Pork Chop Express produced a lively set of ska-inspired punk rock.

The show re-opened with the school’s award-winning senior dance group (S4-S6) which put on an energetic acrobatic display.

Finally, it was time for the fashion show. This year’s themes were ‘Black & White’, ‘Warrior’, ‘Good v Evil’ and ‘PunkaBilly’. Once again, S2 students put on a showcase of the weird and wonderful, perfectly timed and lit thanks to the school’s sound and lighting engineer, Matthew Kay.

Matt has been a fundamental part of the success of the expressive arts show and his expertise in sound engineering has helped students to go further musically beyond the school .

Peter Scott, acting principal teacher of art and design, said: “The show was once again a big success.

“Although primarily organised by the art department, it is very much a whole school celebration of success with particular thanks going to the music, P.E. and English departments for all the wonderful work they do nurturing the many talents our students have.”