Full BBC orchestra at CGS

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Grammar school pupils and staff gave the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra a standing ovation on Wednesday.

Head teacher David Fyfe said it had been a real treat to welcome the full BBC SSO, conducted by Rory MacDonald and featuring former pupil Stephanie Mitchell, to the school, after pupils clapped and cheered at the end of an hour-long recital.

Music introduced by the BBC’s Lucy Drever included opening number Mars from Holst’s The Planets and pupils were asked to imagine what the composer was thinking about.

As the second piece was introduced, the opening bars of Beethoven’s fifth were played and some pupils said he must have been having a bad day.

A number of pieces, including music from Harry Potter and the Star Wars theme, were played which pupils identified by shouting en masse at the end. The concert concluded with Mambo! from West Side Story.

Mr Fyfe said: ‘The concert has eaten into your lunchtime but it has been a treat, a fantastic opportunity for you to listen to this orchestra.’

The BBC SSO at Campbeltown Grammar School. 25_c40symphony01_CGS