Falkirk performing arts school members shine in Glasgow Philharmonia charity track

Six talented youngsters who hone their skills at a Falkirk performing arts school are among a select few chosen to shine in a charity single.

Broadway School of Performing Arts members Sophie (14) and Aimee Bygrave (11), Holly Henderson (16), Hayley Doyle (15), Alyssa Richards (11) and Alix McGee (13) dazzled the audition panel for Glasgow Philharmonia’s Movies to Musicals project.

With the pandemic putting paid to the organisation’s annual February showcase, Glasgow Philharmonia founder Ross Gunning decided to enlist the help of singers and musicians to release a single to raise vital funds to support its running costs.

Around 200 children put their names forward for a role, however, just 38 made the final cut.

Broadway School of Performing Arts members feature in the new Movies to Musicals charity single. Pictured clockwise from top left: Sophie Bygrave (14); Aimee Bygrave (11); Holly Henderson (16); Hayley Doyle (15); Alyssa Richards (11) and Alix McGee (13). Insert: Adele Wallace, Broadway School of Performing Arts owner. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The Newmarket Street-based school’s performers learned routines, harmonies and solos over the online platform Zoom as children and adults from across the country came together virtually to record their ‘You Can’t Stop The Music’ hit.

After many successful sell-out shows to date, which have included guests such as Step’s Faye Tozer and West End leading lady Kerry Ellis, Movies Musicals’ track focuses only on the incredible young performers in their children’s cast.

Glasgow Philharmonia band members also recorded parts at home for the song, composed by Glasgow-born Antony Irwin.

Broadway School of Performing Arts owner Adele Wallace, who helped to assemble the children’s cast, said: “About 180 to 200 auditioned and we got a cast of 38 so Falkirk is being well represented.

“We normally do a concert in February in Glasgow with different West End performers from across the UK.

“The reason Ross decided to do the charity single is the children have had no opportunities to perform.

“I taught them a routine over Zoom and they rehearsed the harmonies and solos. They then performed the song in smaller groups.

“Unfortunately our show in May has just been cancelled. As things stand, they’re doing a Scottish tour in September.”

‘You Can’t Stop The Music’ by Movies to Musicals in aid of Glasgow Philharmonia is available on all streaming websites.

The track can also be bought from Amazon with 99p from each recording going to the charity to give young performers incredible opportunities.

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