Last Thursday (September 17) night at Perth Concert Hall, Kilgraston String Ensemble performed on stage with one of classical music's most prominent violinists, Nicola Benedetti.

Nicola is a champion of the arts and especially young performers and this opportunity was one which the girls from Kilgraston fully embraced performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in G major, Opus 3.

Nicola spoke at the concert about how every performer had a personal connection and Andrew McGarva, director of music at Kilgraston, has known Nicola since she was four-years-old.

Andrew contacted Nicola over the summer to ask if it would be possible to meet the Kilgraston musicians, but Nicola took this request one step further and asked if some of the Kilgraston girls could perform with her at the concert.

Andrew said: “Nicola is a wonderful role-model so enthusiastic about young performers having opportunities to perform and I knew this would be an unforgettable experience for our girls.

“We have our annual concert in Perth Concert Hall and they have performed there before, but to be in rehearsals and then on stage with Nicola was a real personal highlight for all of our girls.”

After the concert Nicola spent time with the girls talking with them about the experience, congratulating them on their performance and encouraging them to keep performing.

Kilgraston School will be holding its open afternoon on Friday, October 2, where prospective families have the opportunity to meet Mrs Dorothy MacGinty, headmistress, and tour the exceptional facilities and grounds.

Kilgraston offers a co-educational nursery from 3-5 and all-girls day and boarding from 3-18. If you would like to visit Kilgraston School, please contact the admissions office on 01738 812257.