Morrison’s Academy’s recent annual school music competition was judged by Scottish pianist Christopher Baxter, who commented on the high standard in each category.

Mr Baxter also played a lunchtime concert for pupils and staff with a varied selection of pieces including John Adams’s China Gates, a hypnotic, minimalist piece where repeating patterns converse in either hand, the 2nd movement from Stephen Montague’s Southern Lament, which depicts the southern USA, and Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse.

The runners-up and winners in each category were: Initial and Prep level winner: Ruby Loxley P4, violin.

Runners-up: William Shepherd P4, viola, and Patrick Andrews P4, piano.

Grade 1 and 2 level winner: Ella Burrowes P5, violin.

Runner-up: Abbie Heath P7, French horn.

Grade 3 and 4 level winner: Mark Johnston S3, piano.

Runner-up: Zoe Morton S2, saxophone.

Highly commended: Alex Maciver P7, guitar.

Grade 5 and 6 winner: Euan Ferguson S2, trumpet.

Runner-up: Lauren Burrowes S3, flute.

Grade 7 and 8 level winner: Storm Robertson S4, trumpet.

Joint 2nd place: Libby Dillon S5, violin, and Libby Dillon, piano.

French play; Pupils in S1-S6 at Morrison’s Academy who learn French watched a French play, Erreur d’identité, performed for them in Academy Hall by the touring production company Onatti.

The play was performed by two native French actors, one male and one female, in French of course, with lots of repetition and gestures to aid comprehension.

The play was set in a rundown hotel in France, miles from anywhere, which has not had any guests staying for over two weeks. The owners are therefore delighted when a man arrives at the hotel, claiming that his car has hit a cow and saying he needs a bed for the night. But the owners become suspicious of his lack of luggage and car and are quickly convinced that he is in fact the escaped fugitive they have just read about in the newspaper.

They call the police, but nerves get the better of them and they try to apprehend the man themselves. In the struggle they accidentally knock him out.

Thinking they have killed him, they hide the body before the police arrive - but then the real fugitive arrives at the hotel, but they think he is the policeman in disguise. Then the policeman arrives.

It was a play full of action, slapstick and farce, with pupil participation on stage and in the audience.