Council’s Summer of Song is shortlisted in awards final

Summer of Song was a creative way to promote the Olympic message of peace, unity and friendship.

Summer of Song was a creative way to promote the Olympic message of peace, unity and friendship.

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CREATIVITY flows at Girvan Academy as a musical initiative with roots at the Carrick school is nominated for an award.

South Ayrshire Council’s Summer of Song scheme, which was part of the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations earlier this year, has made the final shortlist for the Creativity in Schools category of the Creative Scotland Awards 2012.

The Creative Scotland Awards recognise the achievements of Scotland’s artists, writers, musicians, actors, and filmmakers, aiming to celebrate Scotland’s creativity. And South Ayrshire Council beat around 350 other nominees to the coveted position of finalist.

Summer of Song was about getting Scotland bursting into song as the Olympic Torch wove its way across the country as musical groups sang in the Olympic Torch with tales of peace, unity and friendship at key points on its route.

The original composition, Olympic Torch Air, was created by Girvan Academy pupils in conjunction with composer Alistair McCulloch and featured in ‘Keep Her Lit’ – the film commissioned by Creative Scotland to highlight the Olympic Flame in Scotland.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council, said being selected as a finalist is exciting news.

“We have many very musically talented young people in South Ayrshire and the Summer of Song reflected this,” she said. “To be nominated for this award is an honour and we await with interest the result of the finals in December.”

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram added his congratulations to everyone involved, and said reaching the finals was testament to their efforts.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Glasgow on December 13.