10th Leith were without a doubt the stars of night providing amazing entertainment for the attendees at Brigade Conference on the evening of Saturday 1st September.
Young People From Leith Steal The Show
A group of Boys’ Brigade (BB) members from Leith were gien a standing ovation for their musical performance during The Boys’ Brigade’s annual gathering held in Edinburgh.
The group from 10th Leith company, which is based at South Leith Parish Church, performed three musical numbers, including Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and ‘Seize The Day’ from the 1992 Disney movie ‘Newsies’ as part of a musical showcase.
The group of 15 performers were invited to be part of the Saturday evening entertainment of The Boys’ Brigade’s ‘Year of Young People’ conference held in Haymarket’s Grosvenor Hotel. The event brought together 200 BB volunteers from across the British Isles to develop skills and shape the future of the organisation. Earlier in the day, delegates heard from Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, former BB member in Costorphine, who gave the keynote address.
For the first time in its 135 year history, The Boys’ Brigade annual conference was led by young people. Themed on 2018 – Scotland’s Year of Young People,
BB volunteer leader, Stuart Winton, 25, produced the 10th Leith’s show. He said:
“I had a love for performing when I was younger and I know first-hand the confidence and life skills it gave me, so since becoming an officer I've been very keen to give my boys a platform to perform and benefit in the ways that I did.
"To receive such a positive reception at the conference was fantastic! We've had so many kind words and compliments and it really sends a brilliant message to the boys that their hard work and fearless attitude pays off.
The 10th Leith performed these songs for the first time during its own annual prizegiving and display in June this year. So impressive were the youngsters that they were invited to part of Saturday’s showcase.
“It takes a lot of work from myself, Calum Arundel and the rest of the company to put together these performances but seeing the boys up on stage full of confidence, having a great time with their friends and making wonderful memories makes it all so worth it!
“The vast majority of our boys have never done any performing before out with The BB, making their attitude and fearlessness all the more remarkable. It's testament to the supportive environment the boys create for each other.”
The performers are aged between 12 and 18.
Jeevan Kasbia, 17, member of the 10th Leith company, said:
"It was a really great experience and it showed us all that hard work pays off. I really enjoy the shows as it takes me out my comfort zone and I get to experience this opportunity with my mates."
Another member, Sonny Robertson, 16, added:
"I felt the hard work was worthwhile and loved being part of the performance on the night and the standing ovation was the icing on the cake".
Also included in the evening’s programme, were performances by Ross Fettes, young BB leader from Milngavie and also by Wishaw & District Brigade Band.
Performing for 10th Leith were: James Walker, Fraser Kelsey, Marc Robertson, Sonny Robertson, Jeevan Kasbia, Scott Robertson, Cameron Dickson, Aaron Clason, Owen Evans, Keiron Aitchison, Kerr Duncan, Chris Dick, Aaron Fraser, Max Duncan, Matthew Wright and Harris Archibald.
The Boys’ Brigade: The Boys’ Brigade (BB) is a volunteer led, uniformed Christian youth organisation, which provides voluntary youth work to the Christian Church. Founded by Sir William Smith in Glasgow in 1883, the BB provides a safe and caring place where children and young people can learn, grow and discover.
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