Montrose success at Rock Challenge competition

Montrose Academy during their performance
Montrose Academy during their performance

Montrose Academy came first in the 2017 Rock Challenge®, held on Friday night (March 31) at the Caird Hall in Dundee.

The event attracted large audience and was supported by Angus Council, Choices for Life- Police Scotland, CEOP and Zeamu music.

Southesk Primary on stage during their performance

Southesk Primary on stage during their performance

Montrose’s success at taking the top spot, also sees them qualify for the 2017 Scottish Final.

Their performance, entitled ‘No Warning No Escape’ showed bustling city, engulfed by fiery chaos, smothered in to silence.

Southesk Primary School also performed well, taking first place in the 2017 J Rock™. Their ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ depicted how marine pollution is causing destruction, devastation and terror in our oceans and seas. They took the audience on a journey which uncovered the traumatic effect that pollution has on marine life. Their message was - ‘Don’t bury your head in the sand! Step up and clean-up to keep the beauty alive.’

Attending this evening were an array of sponsors, local authority figures and invited special guests.

Police Scotland, Superintendent Suzie Mertes, who presented first place to the J Rock™ winners, said: “Oh, it was just absolutely brilliant again! I thought the J Rock lot were fantastic. It’s great to see that because you know that in a couple years’ time, they’ll be in the senior Rock Challenge competition and that’s great because we know it has a really great future across Scotland.”

Convenor for Children and Learning at Angus Council, Councillor Sheena Welsh, who presented the winner award to Montrose Academy, commented: “It was a truly excellent night. It’s amazing the themes they come up with and how they’re able interpret that to match with the music, it takes quite some talent to be able to do that. It’s great to see the inclusive nature, bringing so many different children in. They have such high numbers of students involved, nothing else can involve as many pupils as that, I don’t think. So I think that’s a real strong point.”