Star singer ‘Drifts’ into Balmedie rehearsal

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pupils from Balmedie Primary School are getting set to share the stage once more with legendary group The Drifters, and have been busy practising with one of the band’s stars to make sure their performance is note-perfect.

The youngsters impressed the band so much when they sang together in a concert last year that they asked pupils from the school to join them again when they return to Aberdeen’s Music Hall on 21 October.

Around 20 pupils will perform two songs live on stage with the group on Friday 21 October – ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ and ‘Hero’. On Thursday, singer Michael William dropped in to the school, so that the pupils would have a chance to make sure everything is just right for their big night on stage.

Michael William spoke to the Ellon Times after the rehearsal, and explained that involving local school pupils was now very much part of the group’s shows.

“We started out with 10 schools 3 years ago, 20 schools last year and we have over 40 schools this year”, he said. It’s a big thing for us and it’s about the Drifters ‘giving back’, which is something is important to us.

“A lot of the kids have parents and grandparents who actually know the Drifters music, which always helps. We were so proud of the Balmedie pupils and shocked at how well they sung last year, so we decided to go for the same school this year and they haven’t disappointed!”

Balmedie head teacher Ken McGowan said: “The pupils and staff are really excited to have the opportunity to sing with The Drifters again.

“Those who appeared last year still talk about how wonderful it was to perform with such a fantastic band.”

Tickets for the concert are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com.