15 Feb 2013
Choir Record Charity Single
The SI choir was invited by folk singer and former pupil, Eilidh Grant, to provide the backing vocals for a charity record to support Motor Neuron Disease Scotland. Eilidh, whose debut album ‘Masks and Smiles’ won the Scottish New Music Award in 2011, attended the recording last Tuesday afternoon. She said, “I was approached by the author George Korankye to ask if I was interested in recording a song to coincide with the release of his latest novel which he had written to raise awareness of Motor Neuron Disease. I was. The song is an old sea shanty called Bound Away My Lassie and I have composed a new tune for the song. I have very fond memories of being a member of the School choir at St Columba’s and I thought that the pupils would enjoy the experience of being part of this special project. When I first heard them sing I knew they were perfect. They have such a sweet sound and retain a lovely innocence.”
The choir was conducted by Miss Catherine Patterson of the St Columba’s Music Department. Miss Patterson said, “It has been such an exciting time for the pupils of the Senior I Choir. They really committed themselves to the project, putting in plenty of rehearsal time in preparation for the recording. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I was so proud of their performance on the day and am looking forward to hearing the recording when it has been finalized. I will be downloading it straight away!”
Eilidh left St Columba’s in 1999. The Rector, Mr David Girdwood, said, “We are always delighted to welcome back former pupils and it’s wonderful to see that Eilidh has gone on to such success."
The single should be available for purchase shortly. Please check back for details.