Belmont’s Music Groups are busy Spreading that Festive Feeling

20th of December, 2011 Bookmark and Share
It seems like everyone becomes a bit more generous around Christmas time and Belmont House School’s music groups have been putting in overtime to solicit donations for worthwhile charities. Our Celtic Rock Group and a few talented soloists kicked things off with a variety of Scottish and Christmas-themed music in John Lewis on November 25th, playing in support of Breast Cancer Care, to the tune of £132.79. They later travelled to Townend Care Home in Symington on December 7th to share the seasonal spirit with the seniors after having visited St. Enoch’s Centre to fundraise for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. Shoppers were serenaded by the Junior and Senior choirs in Princes Square on the 12th of December while several of our seniors circulated with charity buckets for Quarriers, which provides social care to Scottish families.

Our last major performance was at The Avenue on the 14th, where we collected money for Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids initiative. We were also able to catch up with Heather Suttie, Voluntary Project Manager for the Kind Heart Africa School in Tanzania, which has enrolled one hundred homeless children in the Dar es Salaam region, providing them a happy and secure environment for learning. Ms. Suttie has been seeking contributions of artwork, stories and poems for their storytelling sessions (both fictional and factual pieces) and Belmont students are working hard to deliver their first batch of materials to send in mid-January.

All of our public performances were a brilliant warm-up for our annual seasonal concert on December 15th. Opening with “Hey Jingle Belmont!” (composed in-school), the show featured everything from singing and playing various instruments to festive readings and stand-up comedy. Our choirs performed classics, such as “Silver Bells” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, and more modern tunes, like “Santa Fever”, but the orchestra wasn’t afraid to mix up the Indiana Jones theme song with its excellent rendition of “Celtic Christmas”. Stunning solo performances ranged from “Silent Night” and “Mr. Grinch” to “Hallelujah” and “Hey Soul Sister”. It was also a great opportunity to show the parents our version of “Moving On Up”, which was featured during the Children in Need Scottish Highlights show.
Belmont House School is an independent, co-educational school for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years and is located in Newton Mearns, Glasgow. Belmont prides itself in having among the smallest class sizes in Scotland, resulting in a safe, friendly and caring environment where maximum individual attention nurtures pupils’ specific talents and enables them to reach and exceed their potential.