Spring Fling The final concert of last session took place on May 6th in the music department. This informal concert was well attended with standing room only. The Senior String group conducted by Alan Gifford opened the concert. The Brass Ensemble conducted by Roy Hughson , No Strings Attached and Hansel both conducted by Margaret Scollay and Reeds conducted by Neil Morris also featured on this delightful spring programme.
While a joyous occasion, it was also tinged with sadness as it was the last school concert for Neil Morris who has been teaching woodwind in Shetland Schools for years. He enriched the musical life of Anderson High School and will be much missed. Mr. Morris retired in June and we wish him all the very best in the next stage of his life.
Three awards were given out by Ms. Valerie Nicolson. The Lell Robertson Award was given to Jade St. John Smythe and Ross Jamieson for outstanding progress on fiddle. The Geoff Wood Music Award was given to Johanna Goodlad for outstanding musicianship and commitment to the musical community in Anderson High School over her 6 years as a student.
Scottish Opera Workshop During this term we were lucky enough to have a visit from Scottish Opera. They took groups of S3 – S6 pupils for workshops based on their new version of the opera “Orpheus in the underworld” which will be performed in Shetland in October. Here is what some of our pupils said about the workshops:
• “It was very enjoyable and the singer’s voices were incredible.” • “I enjoyed the workshop. It was fun and the people taking it were • • • •
friendly. I really enjoyed hearing the singing live. It was good that the opera had been modernised.” “I enjoyed the workshop, especially the part where we wrote our own comedy libretto and directed the actors.” “I thought the people from the Scottish opera were really nice. I liked reading the script and writing a comedy satire to a tune from the piece.” “I really enjoyed the Scottish Opera workshop as it wasn’t too serious and we were able to relax and have fun. The singing was good and very funny. I learned that opera isn’t all boring!!!” “I really enjoyed the opera workshop. It opened my eyes to how much fun opera can be. I loved the idea of writing lyrics to the “can-can”. I always thought opera was really long, dull and dramatic but they showed me that the opera can actually be quite funny.” “I thought the opera workshop was really beneficial as it gave a true insight into opera and how it can relate to today. The workshop was full of enthusiasm and was a great experience.”
AHS September 2011 Newsletters