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Schools' festive treat is gift that keeps on giving

Schools' festive treat is gift that keeps on giving

For 700 Edinburgh school pupils (and 70 of their teachers), the Christmas show at the Royal Lyceum extends far beyond the footlights.

After the schools visited the theatre to see the production of A Christmas Carol, the theatre's Creative Learning teams are visiting Balerno, Currie, Queensferry, Royal High and Wester Hailes with Project Scrooge, a three-day challenge that covers all eight areas of the curriculum, including maths and science subjects.

Dickensian Christmas markets, ghostly experiences, gameshows, and graphic novels have all been on the agenda in reponse to their theatrical experience.

l lyceum.org.uk

City choir sing songs of solace

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir, so named after it rose from the ashes of the legendary Glasgow Orpheus Choir 60 years ago, has a new disc out tomorrow.

Entitled Songs of Comfort, it is a sequel to the chorus's earlier Songs of Solace and is linked to the choir's longstanding sponsorship by The Co-operative Funeralcare.

The disc includes some of the most requested pieces of music by those seeing off their loved ones, including traditional hymns How Great Thou Art and Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah as well as secular pieces, including The Lily and the Rose and Londonderry Air.

l phoenixchoir.org

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