Kinnaird primary pupils hit the right notes at Music Live!

Pic Lisa McPhillips 05/09/2013' Kinnaird Primary. Children working with Daniel's Beard musical ensemble
Pic Lisa McPhillips 05/09/2013' Kinnaird Primary. Children working with Daniel's Beard musical ensemble
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Classical music stars of the present, and possibly the future, combined to sparkling effect in Classic Music Live! Falkirk’s first event of the winter season.

Musical ensemble Daniel’s Beard were involved in three events last week, including local children as well as patients at Forth Valley Hospital.

The group’s name is a reference to the pub in which the group first rehearsed, which was owned by a man called Daniel who had an impressive ‘Elijah–like’ beard!

On Thursday, there was a workshop with pupils of Kinnaird and St Bernadette’s Primary Schools and the results presented at the concert in Falkirk Town Hall.

The mixture of nonsense poems - composed by the youngsters, musical accompaniment by pupils and members of Daniel’s Beard, and a bit of fun and games both on and off the stage was hugely entertaining and clearly enjoyed just as much by the performers.

It will be a long time before CMLF regulars will forget the Dinosaur Stomp.

The programme had commenced with Shrecker’s Der Wind which was an Impressionist piece, somewhat French with a bit of Expressionism thrown into the mix. It led on to the hurricane which was the performance by the pupils from the two schools.

The second half began with two songs by Ullman which were beautifully sung but which were a rather sombre note in an otherwise optimistic programme.

The final piece, Dohnanyi’s Sextet was superb, finishing in an exhilarating finale. You could feel the audience and the performers getting together and willing the music on to a rousing finale.

On Saturday afternoon Daniel’s Beard spent several hours playing in the atrium of Forth Valley Royal Hospital. The group played three sets of 45 minutes over a period of three hours during the main visiting times. As a result the audience was continually changing but this led to some good interactionof different kinds with the “walk-through” audience.

Around 30 people engaged directly with the players. Some of the audience were patients who were brought from the wards by their relatives. The players will not forget the wonderful impromptu ‘camel dance’ in which a three-year-old boy imitated, then led Katrina Nimmo, the narrator.

This was CML!F’s first such venture but the engagement with the pupils and the audiences made it a very successful project.