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Gordon's School perform on Commonwealth Day 2014 at Westminster Abbey

Published Thursday 24th of April 2014 09:10:51 AM

Gordon's staff and parents were bursting with pride when thirty-seven Gordon's students performed at the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey on Monday 10th March. This included the Pipes & Drums Band and the newly appointed Scottish Country Dancers.

In the presence of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, TRH The Earl & Countess of Wessex and Heads of State for all the 53 Commonwealth member countries, the students performed a perfect piece.

Rehearsals started in January and the team practiced every minute they could find. Mr McCready, the Band Master selected a version of a Scottish country dance comprising strathspey and reel steps. The entire piece lasted no more than four minutes including marching on and off time which had to be co-ordinated very carefully.

The dancers' outfits were made especially for the occasion in Scotland and are of "Dress Gordon" tartan in the style of Aboyne. The pipers and drummers wore their traditional band uniform. The tunes played were: Scot's Wha Hae, Atholl Highlanders, The Fairy Dance, Jock Wilson's Ball, The Rowan Tree and 42nd Highlanders.

A member of Gordon's staff said afterwards 'After The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message the Pipes and Drums struck up from somewhere behind the High Altar and in they came. It was an extraordinary moment and really did send that proverbial shiver down the spine. The Pipes and Drums stood on the chancel steps to play while the dancers so elegant and beautifully presented - waited to dance in front of them, which they did with great grace, smiles and style.' To view the YouTube video visit www.gordons.surrey.sch.uk/pipesevent and follow the link.
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