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Morrison's Academy's Pupils to Play Starring Role in Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony

Monday, 09 Sep 2019

Morrison’s Academy’s pupils to play starring role in Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony.

Morrison’s Academy is delighted to be part of the Solheim Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony on Thursday 12 September 2019 at Gleneagles, Scotland.  Over 80 pupils, the youngest being eight years old, will entertain the guests at this global golfing event.  

The Morrison’s Academy Pipe Band and the Morrison’s Academy Choir are performing in two separate 20 minute sets.  Three of our talented Pipers are also scheduled to play lead roles.  Ailise 13, was recently filmed on location in Glen Turret for a segment accompanying the Scottish Poet Laureate, Jackie Kay MBE.  At the end of the Opening Ceremony Ailise will be joined by our Pipers, Melissa and Rory in leading the American and Eurpean Captains and their teams off  the stage.  Parts of the Ceremony will be aired live on Sky Sports adding to the excitement of the event. 

The 33 member strong Pipe Band, the youngest being 11 years old, will perform 5 songs for the audience.  The Pipe Band is well versed in performing at high profile events.  The Choir, consisting of 50 pupils, will take to the stage to perform 4 songs, both modern and traditional.  Similar to the Pipe Band, members of the Choir perform regularly in concerts, musicals and charity events throughout Scotland.


Quotes from the Morrison’s Academy team and pupils

Mairi Leggat, Director of Music and Choir Master said, “It will be a tremendous experience for our young musicians to sing and play to a worldwide audience at the Solheim Cup.  The chance to showcase their ability in front of such an audience has drawn from them such dedication and concentration in their preparations that they are producing work of the highest quality.  They are now ready to enjoy every moment of their time on stage.”  

Scott Murry, Pipe Band Leader and Instructor said, “We are very proud to have been invited to play our part in such a prestigious ceremony.  Some of the pupils performing are very young and they have worked so hard, and shown great commitment to attend a tough rehearsal schedule as well as balance their other commitments across the School.”

Zoe, aged 11 said, "I think it is going to be quite exciting because there will be a lot of things going on.  I've sung in a choir but I've never done anything like this before.  The seniors help us along a lot."

Maisie, aged 11 said, "I like how the songs have harmonies and I like being in a choir that harmonises."

Darcy, aged 10 said, "I'm most looking forward to seeing the smiles on people's faces."  

Oliver, aged 9 said, "We saw the huge poster and one side was the Americans and one was ours; I'm quite excited."

Emily, aged 8 said, "I think it will be quite busy; I heard over 100,000 tickets had been sold, so that's quite exciting."  Emily, then went on to say, "I think it will be one of those things where you'll be quite nervous and then when you get into it, it'll be easy."