“Lady Lane” Comes to Albyn School
Creators of a brand new musical “Lady Lane” are bringing author Jessie Kesson’s childhood memories to pupils of Albyn School in Aberdeen on Tuesday 30 September 2008. Directors Tish Tindall and Henri Edwards have hand picked 11, Upper III Standard Grade Music pupils to take part in a fantastic, musical workshop focusing on one of the musical’s title songs, “Time for Change”.
“Lady Lane” is a story about Jessie Kesson’s childhood in Elgin’s poverty stricken Lady Lane, where she stayed with her mother until she was removed by the authorities and forced to live in an orphanage in Skene. ‘Lady Lane’ is the musical adaptation of Kesson’s “A White Bird Passes” written by Kenny Macdonald thatplayed to sell out audiences in Elgin’s Town Hall in September 2007.
The 2008 version, written by 4th Wall Productions and the Red Shoes Theatre Company, will make it’s debut performance in Aberdeen in the Arts Centre on the 10th and 11th of October 2008.
Musical Director Tish Tindall and Director Henri Edwards are keen to develop a partnership with Albyn School for many reasons. Tish studied Music in Aberdeen with one of Albyn’s Music Teachers, Laura Jarret. Working together with Laura, Tish and Henri who are joint owners of the Red Shoes Theatre in Elgin (formerly ‘The Two Red Shoes Ballroom’) hope to take a snapshot of Jessie’s life in Elgin and bring it to the hearts and minds of school children in Aberdeen – a journey that Jessie herself once had to make.
The workshops will take place in Albyn School on Tuesday the 30th September 2008 at 2pm.
‘Lady Lane’ will be presented at Aberdeen Arts Centre on the 10th and 11th of October 2008 at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £12 adults (£10 conc.) are available from Aberdeen Box Office on 01224- 641122.
Albyn Pupil to shoot her way to the top at the Junior Commonwealth Games!
Catriona McGregor, a fifth year pupil at Albyn School in Aberdeen will be taking part in the Junior Commonwealth games to be held between the 12th and 18th of October 2008 in Pune, India. Catriona will be joining over 1200 athletes from 71 countries for this monumental event.
Catriona’s elevation to the Scotland team follows a string of successes in shooting competitions across the UK and Europe. In Sweden she was a finalist in the Junior Nordic Shooting Competition and she recently won the junior International Pistol Competition at Bisley- the home of British shooting in Surrey.
At Albyn Catriona has also just been awarded the much coveted School Colours, an award that is only given out to pupils who have shown great dedication and commitment to their chosen skill.
Dr Ian Long the headmaster of Albyn School said: “We wish Catriona the best of luck at the Junior Commonwealth games and are proud that a pupil of this calibre will be representing not only the best of Albyn, but also of Scotland.”
Albyn’s Horse Showing Champion
Kate Willox, a fifth year pupil at Albyn School in Aberdeen came first in the North East of Scotland’s horse showing championship held last weekend. Kate beat all the other competitors in her class to win section 8 (coloured horses) of the competition and was awarded the prestigious North Longmuir Trophy (see attached photograph).
The Showing Championships were originally set up in 2007 to provide an opportunity for people who wanted to attend a championship show, combined with an evening performance that was within easy traveling distance for the competitors in the North East of Scotland. The horse showing championships covers a range of levels from: In Hand M&M Youngstock to Ridden Hunter, Veteran and Young Handler classes.
Dr Ian Long, the Albyn Headmaster said: “We have so many talented pupils at Albyn and it’s heartening to see them achieving so well outside of the classroom. Kate has worked very hard and she deserves her success.”
Kate will next be taking part in the Scottish Championships to be held in Edinburgh in October 2008 and then in The Royal Highland International show in 2009.