A musical education

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International classical music stars played to an intimate Campbeltown audience.

Later reflecting on cellist Jamal Aliyev and pianist Jâms Coleman’s visit memories resurfaced of school days.

Despite many of us being quite unmusical, trips were organised to listen to the greats of the day, both popular and classical.

Monday’s senior Kintyre Music Club audience was treated to a virtuoso display.

Kintyre is noted for its musicianship but pupils, who can attend the club’s concerts free, were noticeably absent.

It was a school night, however the same is largely true of the club’s Friday night concerts.

There was much advance publicity including a picture of young Jamal hugging his cello like a rockstar.

The pair are playing parish and church halls on their Scottish tour but, next month, Jamal will play a two night show, as a soloist, with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey.

On page three there is much about the Grammar School’s progress, watching Jamal and Jâms perform was equally an education.

It was different when the BBC SSO visited it took the show to schools.