James Skuse, Head of Music at ESMS Junior School, has brought together children from across our Junior School to perform a song of gratitude for all those working on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.
The song “For the First Responders” was written by Mark Burrows and was performed by 70 children from P4 -P7 in ESMS Junior School. The children rehearsed the piece throughout May using an online piano track recorded by Mr Skuse and they each filmed their individual parts from home.
The appearance of soloist Alice McAslan, from P5, has particular significance. Her great-grandfather, who sadly passed away two years ago, was the oldest working First Responder. He carried on working until the age of 89.
The entire project was a family affair with Dr Liddle, Music Teacher at Stewart’s Melville College handling the audio engineering and his son, Joe, managing the video editing.
James Skuse, Head of Music at ESMS Junior School, said:
“As soon as I heard this song I wanted to use it to give our children a way of thanking all the front line heroes who have put their own lives on the line to help others during the coronavirus pandemic. When I asked for volunteers I was inundated by pupils asking if they could take part so it’s been a real labour of love putting it together.
Music is such an important part of school life in our Junior School so it has been fantastic watching the children perform together again.”
We welcome you to watch the video by following this link.