Fiesta 2013 is now over. What a day of music, laughter and friendship. There were two new groups participating this year; Braidburn Nursery and Westerlea Early Years who both gave wonderful performances. The hold hands were: St. Crispin's School, The Royal Blind Canaan lane and, separately, Craimillar Park, Oaklands School; Braidburn Primary, Salter's Gate (2 groups) and Prospect Bank school. Also a marvellous solo performance by Magnus Turpie. The adjudicator was Pamela Day on a welcome return to this Edinburgh Perfomance Festival class. We were ably entertained in between groups by two young musicians from Live Music Now Scotland: Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller (pictured left with myself and Jill Reeves).
I also was delighted that James Ross could be present to accompany the Royal Blind cross campus performers in playing his music for the 2 songs from The Boy in the Bunnet, and author James Robertson was also there to hear us! I improvised an accompaniment on the clarsach.
My co-presenting went well in the morning. Towards the end of the afternoon I had a small slip forgetting who our last performers were momentarily but Jill was on hand to prompt. Thankfully the rest went very smoothly. I was able to do this by preparing beforehand with the running order provided by Jill. It also helped that I have been a performer in the Fiesta for many years. It is a wonderful, inc