S2 – S6 Pupils – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

S2 – S6 Pupils – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Absent Friends is an annual festival of storytelling and remembrance about loved ones who have passed away or are no longer in touch, but whose stories still live on.

In our S2 Enrichment time, we worked as part of a class to contribute to the festival.  We started by working with writer Diana Hendry. After thinking about the theme of the project, we went to Spring Gardens Care Home. There we interviewed some of the elderly people about their absent friends. We then created pieces of writing, stories and poems, about loved ones who we miss.

 Inspired by these stories, we worked with musicians from the RSNO, and some senior S6 pupils, to compose an original piece of music. The workshop process was documented by the senior pupils from the Media course, who filmed us performing, practising or talking about the project.

On the Thursday the 29th of October 2015, we travelled to Glasgow to perform our piece of music with musicians from the RSNO at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  Four other groups also performed as part of the event: Craigie High School from Dundee, the RSNO Junior Chorus from Glasgow, Walker Road Primary School from Aberdeen and Balfron High School from Stirlingshire. It was a really successful trip and everyone enjoyed it.  Then on the 6th of November we performed our piece of music at the Usher Hall.  Performing with professional musicians was a fantastic experience that we loved.

Towards the end of the project, we recorded the music one last time, and created animations and pictures to go with it. This booklet provides a record of our experience, and of our memories of absent friends.

Orla Troup

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Photos by David P Scott Photography