On 10th June, over 30 pupils from Portmoak Primary School recorded three songs as part of the British Council’s World Voice Programme. This is a musical cultural exchange where children from different backgrounds and countries share songs which are posted on the British Council’s online World Song Book and can be accessed by schools all over the world.
The Portmoak youngsters recorded ‘Three Craws’ and ‘Mhairi’s Wedding’ and also had fun making a pronunciation video of the songs so that children from other continents will perform the Scots songs in an authentic way. They were also invited to record the programme’s theme Song, ‘Starlight Star-bright.’ composed by Lin Marsh and as yet unpublished.
Portmoak’s music teacher, Ian Young is one of the British Council’s five UK Song Leaders promoting this programmer worldwide and says, “This is such an exciting venture, where children from all over the world share the opportunity to use singing to develop their musicality and support wider learning and I’m so proud that pupils from Portmoak are part of this venture.” At present the programme is operating in Bangladesh Nepal, India, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ethiopia, Senegal, Jordan and The Palestinian Territories. In August Ian will be working with young people in Bangladesh and training song leaders in India.