CARRICK Academy’s music department showcased their Christmas Concert in Maybole Town Hall before the holidays.

The show was centred around musical theatre and film, with a heavy focus on “The Greatest Showman”.

While the majority of the event featured pupils of Carrick Academy, there were also guests from Cairn Primary singing as part of their choir, led by Alison Purdie. There were also pupils from Cairn and Minishant Primaries playing in the school wind band, led by brass instructor Scott Walker, and assisted by woodwind instructor Abraham Gonzalez.

The Music department welcomed back three former pupils, Hannah Garlick, Hazel McDowall and Madison Stobbs to engage in after-school music and drama workshops with the pupils in preparation for the show.

Jo-Ann Spreadbury, Principal Teacher of Music said: “They truly inspired the pupils and helped encourage them in developing their confidence on the stage.

“The professionalism of the show was helped along by a band, specially constructed for the evening’s event, which featured current pupils Liam McCourt, Holly Maxwell and Iona Fisher, and also featured former pupil Hannah Garlick, and staff members Scott Walker and Abraham Gonzalez.

“In addition to this, guest musicians included David Dunsmuir on guitar and Fraser Graham on drums.

“The compere for the evening was senior pupil Robbie Paterson who was a great crowd pleaser! He was even able to make the raffle draw entertaining!

“The Music department would especially like to thank the Parent Council of Carrick Academy for their support in organising the refreshments and raffle on the night; and to GAB audio who were instrumental in operating the sound and lighting equipment.

“The show itself featured a mix of full choir performances, small ensembles and solos/duets; and some of those pupils were seniors who had left it until their final year at school to perform on the stage! “There was a real wealth of talent on show, much to celebrate and it brought an incredible sense of pride to all staff, pupils, parents and families who attended on the night.

“The Music department look forward to their next production!”