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The show must go on!

11 December 2006

With only a month to go, pupils from St Modan’s High School in Stirling, were eagerly putting the finishing touches to their performances for their annual carol concert on 13 December 2006, when disaster struck.

On 10 November 2006, a fire in the school left the Assembly Hall where the concert was originally going to be held significantly damaged, with restoration work not going to be completed until March 2007. With no venue at such short notice, the school began to worry it may have to cancel the Concert but luckily help was at hand.

Lynsey Marshall, Assistant Corporate and Private Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: "When St Modan’s rang and explained the problem, I knew we had to help. The pupils work so hard every year to put the concert together and it would have been terrible if they had had to cancel. We checked our bookings and the Great Hall at Stirling Castle was free on that date, so we offered the school the space at a greatly reduced rate which was well within their budget and now the show can go on!"

Due to the high operational costs of putting on a function in such a large and prestigious venue as the Great Hall at Stirling Castle, unfortunately booking the space is often beyond some smaller organisation’s budgets, so this will be a truly unique experience for both the school and the Castle.

The school has four choirs and a full orchestra comprising of 150 pupils in total.

Tickets for the concert went on sale to family and friends for a nominal fee and proceeds will go towards musical expenses for the concert and to help send two sixth year students to Kenya and Rwanda to work with the LaSallian third world project next summer.

Graham Boyce, Principal Teacher at St Modan’s High School commented: "Our pupils have worked extremely hard in preparing for this concert and will do themselves proud."

Francis Lennon, Headteacher at St Modan’s High School commented: "We are extremely grateful to Historic Scotland for stepping in at the last minute to save this event. Had it not been for Historic Scotland, we would have to had cancelled this year’s concert."

The concert is on 13 December at 7.45pm in Stirling Castle’s Great Hall. Please note:  the concert is sold out and tickets will not be available on the door.  

Notes for editors
  • Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town. Telephone 01786 450000. Tickets are £8.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions and £3.50 for children.  
  • Stirling Castle, with its splendid decorative stonework and mass of still complete buildings, is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Europe. It is also the royal residence that best represents the Stewart dynasty in Scotland.
  • The Great Hall at Stirling Castle is Scotland's largest medieval banqueting hall and has been beautifully restored to its 16th century splendour. It is now considered to be one of Scotland's most prestigious banqueting venues. With the minstrel's gallery and trumpeter's loft the Great Hall is an ideal venue for an evening filled with entertainment.
  • St. Modan’s High School serves a diverse catchment area including all of Stirling and Clackmannan Council areas and part of Falkirk Council. The School is due to move to a new purpose-built building as part of the Stirling Council PPP Scheme in August 2008 at a new site at Forthbank.
  • St Modan’s is one of the schools involved in the Scottish Executive’s Schools of Ambition Programme. The school is currently working in partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) and Stirling City Choir on a production of the Verdi Requiem, which will be performed in the Albert Hall, Stirling.  Pupils are also involved in workshops with players from the BBC SSO.
  • For more information about booking an event at any Historic Scotland property, contact our Functions Team on 0131 668 8686 or e-mail hs.functionsscotland.gsi.gov.uk
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk