Pupils urged to put in Powerful Performance

The Montrose Academy musicians who won last year's Powerful Performances competition.
The Montrose Academy musicians who won last year's Powerful Performances competition.

BUDDING musicians across Angus are being urged to follow in Montrose Academy’s footsteps by winning the chance to perform at the internationally renowned Celtic Connections folk festival.

The 12-strong group of S3, S5 and S6 pupils last year saw off competition from across Scotland to win the ScottishPower Powerful Performance contest and appeared live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and on the Danny Kyle Open stage in February.

Open to secondary schools across the country, this year’s competition offers the winning group the same prize as well as a masterclass in January from one of the acts performing at the festival.

The closing date for entries is Monday, October 31, and to enter, pupils in S1 to S6 must submit a short four to five minute recording of traditional Scottish music using instruments, vocals, or a combination of both. The musical groups can be any size and can select their own piece of music to perform.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s head of corporate social responsibility, said: “The opportunity to perform in front of a crowd at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a fantastic prize. The 2011 winners, Montrose Academy, fought off tough competition to become a great addition to last year’s celebrations and we anticipate another great competition this year.”

Further information on Powerful Performances is available from Roanna Katz on 0141 333 9585 or by e-mail Roanna.katz@bigpartnership.co.uk.