I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making last night’s Concert at the Usher Hall the outstanding success it was.
Ten months ago, when I met with Mrs O'Brien (Leader for Performing Arts) to lay the initial plans for this year’s event, we knew that staging this year’s concert would present particular challenges. The words of the great Nelson Mandela - ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’ - spring readily to mind. Now that ‘it’s done’ I can confidently say that last night’s concert was amazing, fantastic,.. The superlatives are easy to find.
None of this would have been possible without the efforts of so many. Thank you for all that we achieved last night. Seeing our young people on stage at one of the country’s finest venues made it all worthwhile. They, and all of you, really did us proud.
Thanks, in particular, to all of your Music staff (teachers, instructors etc.) who have worked so hard over the months in preparing our pupils. The parents too, deserve special mention. The chauffering of pupils to and from lessons and rehearsal and the continuous encouragement to practise, are but two examples of what parent sdo to support their children develop musical their talents.
I take this further opportunity of wishing all our friends a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year.