Ross Houston – top of the flute playing league!

Ross is at the top of the flute playing league! At the tender age of 15, Ross is currently working on his FTCL Diploma with Trinity College London, having already been awarded the ATCL Diploma. These professional awards are of the highest level and it is a huge achievement to be performing at such a high standard, at such a young age. Earlier this term Ross took part in the ‘Big Flute Challenge’ in the Ulster Hall, where he had the privilege of working with Sir James Galway. So impressed was Sir Galway with Ross’s talent, he has invited him to attend master classes at his home in Switzerland!

Alongside this, in October, Ross attended auditions for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. This Youth Orchestra draws the most talented young musicians from around the UK. Not only was Ross successful in his audition, he has been invited to be principal flautist. With all Ross does, he will have a gruelling rehearsal schedule and so he has to work hard to balance his career as a flautist with his school work. We will continue to follow his progress with excitement, anticipation and pride.

Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin visited Cullybackey College on Thursday 28th February. They are an organisation based in Northern Ireland using music, art, multimedia and radio as a tool for cultural education & exchange in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism.

The team which came included people from Northern Ireland, Ghana, Uganda, Spain, England, India and apparently ‘Belfast Zoo!’

The pupils and staff enjoyed a mix of dancing, singing and drumming with nearly 40 Djembe drums which have been brought over from Ghana. It was made extra special with a visit by our Mayoress Mrs Audrey Wales MBE, who also enthusiastically took part with the pupils doing some Djembe drumming. This is an experience that the pupils in Cullybackey College will not forget and which they all thoroughly enjoyed.