A month or so ago, I blogged about a Gala Charity Performance of the Ards which was hosted by the Mayor of Ards Cllr Smyth. A number of local schools, a choir, and International Singers all from Newtownards, performed on stage at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, to raise money for a local charity – The Link.
Thanks to Mrs Ferris (Head of Music) at Movilla High School, who kindly gave me permission to show a few photographs of the boys on stage. They played very well - although extremely nervous!
Of the 7 students who performed, 5 of them initially attended an Ulster Scots Summer School I organise in Newtownards through Loughries Historical Society, a few years ago. They have gone on to join local flute and pipe bands and also play music at Movilla School.
As a tutor it was rewarding to see young people – who never get an opportunity to perform, being allowed to express their musical talents at a public performance, especially at a venue like the Ulster Hall in Belfast.