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Success at Bell Baxter Centenary Music Competition - March 2017

This year the Young Musician competition was held at Waid Academy. This inter-school competition between Madras, Bell Baxter and Waid is held every year giving three pupils from each school the opportunity to showcase their talents. This year's winner was Micah Scott from Madras and 2nd place went to Sam Vincent-Kilbride, also from Madras.


Fife Festival of Music - February 2017

Over 100 Madras pupils took part in competitive and non-competitive solo and group classes at the Fife Music Festival. The pupils all performed extremely well and had a very enjoyable experience.

Competitive Group Classes
The Junior, Senior and Mixed Choir all performed in the competitive choral classes and received Platinum Awards. The Wind Band performed in the Wind Band class and received a Silver Award. The Senior String Orchestra performed in the Orchestra class and received a Gold Award.

Non–Competitive Group Classes
The Junior String Orchestra, Clarsach Group and S2 Ensemble Group all performed in the non-competitive Secondary School Class. The Staff Choir performanced in the non- competitive Community Choral class.

Solo Class Winners
Fin McGhie S2 won the Advanced Piano Class and received an Outstanding award. Maisie Dury won the Under 13 Vocal Class and received an Outstanding award. Many other Madras pupils performed in solo classes and should be congratulated for their performances.

Congratulations and well done to all the pupils who performed.

 



Folk Music Award - January 2017

Congratulations to Katie Grieve S4, Natalie Rengger S3, Zoe Mitcham S2 and Isobel Grieve S4 for winning the 'Hands Up for Trad Landmark' award for their performance in the new and exciting folk group Abercraig. The group recently performed at the Caird Hall and recorded and televised by BBC Alba.

Click on the image on the right to see the performance on BBC iPlayer.
It starts at 29 minutes.

  tradsaward

Christmas Choral Singers - December 2016

Memory Café – Hope Park and Martyrs Church

A group of talented Kilrymont pupils went along to Hope Park and Martyrs Church on Wednesday the 7th of December to provide entertainment for the memory cafés Christmas party. The pupils sang and played a selection of Christmas and Scottish favourites. Congratulations to the junior pupils and a big thank you to the Memory café for providing such delicious juice and cakes.

S1 - Ola Lawonska, Maisie Dury, Holly Bartlett, S2 - Zoe Mitcham, Sheila Wilson, Michael Snodgrass, S3 - Natalie Rengger, Hope Kennedy

Tayside and Fife Hospital Christmas Concert for Clic Sargent

The Senior Girls' and Mixed Choir took part in the Fife and Tayside Charity Hospital Concert at the Caird Hall on the 8th of December. Their programme included 'Angels' Carol', 'Stand Alone', 'Rhythm of Life' and 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'. Many congratulations to all the singers who gave an outstanding performance.

 

choral singers


Battle of the Bands - November 2016

Congratulations to Peter Visocchi, Lawrence Brown and Eugene Ritchie who represented Madras College at the Fife Rock school competition. The boys gave a great performance and entertained the audience with their original songs. The judges' comments were very positive.

'The songs were well crafted and catchy, a bit of REM and other influences. Good standard of musicianship and a driving rhythm section.'

Click on the image for a video clip of the band.

 

Talent Show - October 2016

The annual Madras Talent Show took place on Thursday 27th October. Showcasing some of Madras' most talented pupils, acts ranged from classical Piano – Jed O'Donnell S3 playing Chopin, to a stunning dance routine by Taine McKinstray in S5. This year, for the first time, several of the acts performed songs that they had written and arranged themselves.


Junior Prize - Aimee Brown and Lena Mackay.
Senior Prize - Taine McKinstray
for her dynamic dance routine.
Overall winner - Jack Parmar for his rendition of the song "Car Radio."

Congratulations to the Winners and well done to all the performers.

 

Bell Baxter Centenary Competition - March 2016

The 27th annual inter-school competition was hosted by Madras College on Tuesday 22nd of March. Nine pupils from Bell Baxter HS, Madras College and Waid Academy performed to an appreciative audience and the evening was a great celebration of the talented musicians.

Arran Tarvet, Madras College won the 2016 trophy with an outstanding performance on the Saxophone.

  arran tarvet

Fife Music Festival Success - January 2016

Over 100 Madras pupils have recently taken part in competitive and non-competitive solo and group classes at the Fife Music Festival. The pupils all performed extremely well and had a very enjoyable experience.

Competitive Group Classes
The Junior, Senior and Mixed Choir all performed in the competitive choral classes and received a Platinum Award. The Wind Band performed in the Wind Band class and received a Silver Award. Michael Sharp and Arran Tarvet played a piano duet in the Ensemble class and received a Platinum Award.

Non–Competitive Group Classes
The Junior String Group, Clarsach Group, S3 Ensemble Group and Trombone Quartet all performed in the non-competitive Secondary School Class. The Staff Choir performanced in the non- competitive Community Choral class.

Solo Class Winners
Isobel Grieve S3 won the Advanced Wood Wind Class and received an Outstanding award. Arran Tarvet S6 won the Open Wood Wind Class and received an Outstanding award. Ellenor Waddell won the Open Clarsach Class and received an Very Good award.

Many other Madras pupils performed in solo classes and should be congratulated for their performances.

On the final evening of the competition the Prestigious Young Musician Class took place. Out of the six finalists three pupils were from Madras. Ellenor Waddell S6, Arran Tarvet S6 and Michael Sharp S6 all gave excellent performances. The Young Musician trophy was eventually awarded to Michael Sharp.

Congratulations and well done to all the pupils who performed.

 

woodwind winner


Beethoven Plus Composing Project - November 2015

This term some of our music pupils have took part in a composing Project called Beethoven Plus. The joint project has organised by the University and The St Andrews Music club. On Tuesday 10th November, the professional musicians Daniel Tong (pianist), Krysha Osostowicz (violinist) and Madras pupils performed their composed pieces in a short concert in front of parents.

  beethoven project

Music Award - November 2015

Congratulations to Katie Grieve S3 who won the Former Pupil Girls "Award for Performing". She collected her award on Wednesday 4th November at the Rufflets Hotel after her performance.

Katie is pictured alongside her Cello teacher, Mr Bartholomew.

  katie grieve

S2 Music Technology Class - 2014

Pupils have completed a creative music task and transferred their work to CD. Examples of the tracks created are included on the right.

Click on an icon to listen to the extract.

 
Cameron Sneddon  
Sam MacGillivray  
Ben Forsyth