Christmas Concerts
The Diane Mitchell Music School offers one to one lessons in multiple instruments for people of all ages, With additional Musicianship based classes for children.
2020 Term Dates
Christmas Concerts
All Pupils have been working hard this year and are finishing up for Christmas with a loud, musical BANG!
Feel free to come along to either of our performances on Wednesday 11th of December (Barrhead Evangelical Church) at 6.30pm or Saturday 14th December (The Life Church, Paisley) at 3.30pm!
Tickets on the door – Adults £5, Concession £3 and Children Free!
Our new term starts in January with some brilliant new classes on the way! Click Here for 2020 Term Dates.
Including a Gospel choir for Children and young people age 8-16 that are interested in singing and performing and a new baby sensory/musical tots class!
Have a look at what we have to offer and don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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Renfrewshire pupils and older adults teamed up for the seventh annual staging of IQ, Renfrewshire’s Intergenerational Quiz.

More than 300 people took part in IQ2019, which saw primary school pupils team up with older people from the local community.

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Ten teams of primary six and seven pupils each joined forces with older adults from local day centres, sheltered housing, seniors’ forums, extra care housing and members of the community.

Together, they were tested on a range of topics including natural history, general knowledge and flags and capital cities alongside practical tests and an opportunity to sing together.

The annual event at the Lagoon Leisure Centre is the culmination of each team meeting regularly in recent months to gen up on their knowledge and build long-lasting relationships.

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In a close-run contest, Todholm Terrors were crowned 2019 champions, winning by one point from the Thorn Squad, with Mighty Mossys in third.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron was on hand to award the prizes.

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She said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to hand out the prizes at the Intergenerational Quiz for the last few years and the event continues to grow from strength-to-strength. I really love the energy and excitement in the room, congratulations to everyone who took part, it looked like everyone had great fun and more importantly built really strong bonds, friendship and respect with one another. Roll on IQ2020!”

Participating teams were:

  • Fordbank Primary and Johnstone Seniors Forum
  • Mossvale Primary and Springbank Sheltered Housing
  • Newmains Primary with Renfrew Day centre
  • Ralston Primary with Ralston Day Centre
  • St John Ogilvie Primary with Hanover court tenants
  • Todholm Primary and Renfrewshire Council Springbank Sheltered Housing
  • Thorn Primary and Linstone Housing Farriers Court
  • Thorn Primary 7 with Johnstone Day centre and Altpatrick Gardens
  • West Primary with Linstone Housing Newton St tenants
  • Woodlands Primary with Arnott Gardens extra care tenants

The annual event is organised by Sally Logan, Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Renfrewshire Council, Jane McTaggart, Activity Officer and Carolyn Russell, Community Link Worker with Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

Photo 1. Glen Cinema commemoration 7.12.19

The people of Paisley paid tribute to one of its most tragic events on Saturday as hundreds of people attended a special commemoration event to mark the 90th anniversary of the Glen Cinema disaster.

Photo 2. Glen Cinema commemoration 7.12.19

 

More than 150 people took part in a lantern procession through the town, made up of young people, community groups and schools, before attending a special service at Paisley Abbey where 500 invited guests paid tribute to the victims, survivors and their families.

Survivors Robert Pope and Emily Brown were in attendance along with their families.

There were many poignant moments during the service including a solo cello performance of ‘Vocalise’ by Rachmaninoff which played as 70 children walked up the aisle and each laid a white rose for the children who lost their lives. Survivors Robert and Emily also laid a white rose; guests spent a minute of silence in contemplation of the tragic events; and the Starlight Chamber Choir closed the evening with a moving rendition of ‘Coming to the Glen’.

Singer-songwriter Carol Laula performed ‘Hush Now, Happy New Year’ – a song, written with actor and musician Tom Urie, specially commissioned for the 90th commemoration.

Carol said: “It was an honour to be part of such a special event – this is a really difficult part of Paisley’s rich history, but a part that must be commemorated nonetheless. The courage and sense of community that endured after this awful tragedy is one that we must continue to build and to celebrate. I believe the most conducive way to grow is to seek out the strength in our past and this tradition is one I find very nourishing.”

Liam Kay, 14, of Linwood High School, has been a member of Starlight Youth Theatre for three years and performed a monologue, ‘Getting Ready for the New Year’.

Liam said: “It was a beautiful event. It’s such a tragic thing that happened, but it is important to remember those who died and also those who survived, and it was done in a beautiful way.”

The Glen Cinema tragedy took place on 31 December 1929 when a smoking film canister caused a panic during a packed children’s matinee where more than 600 children were present. As a result of the crush that followed 70 children died and more than 30 children were injured.

News of the disaster was far-reaching with letters of condolence being sent to the town from people across the globe. The impacts were global as well – as the Cinematograph Act 1909 was then amended to ensure all cinemas had more exits, that doors opened outwards and were fitted with push bars. A limitation was also placed on the capacity of cinemas and a requirement for an appropriate number of adult attendants to ensure safety of children.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The commemoration event allowed the people of Paisley to pay tribute and remember all the victims and survivors of the tragedy.

“In this, the 90th anniversary – it’s even more important to take stock of the tragic events which took place and consider the local and global impacts of the disaster.”

During the day on Saturday people were also able to view a specially commissioned commemorative film ‘The Glen Cinema Disaster’ directed by Paul Mothersole at POP Community & Arts Space in the Piazza. A small exhibition of printed letters held in the Secret Collection were also on display in the space during the day for the public to see – the exhibition will remain in the venue until the 20 December.

The annual memorial service and wreath laying will take place at Paisley Cenotaph on the morning of 31 December. This is run by community members and supported by Renfrewshire Council.

The Glen Cinema 90th anniversary commemoration event was funded through Renfrewshire Council’s Future Paisley programme.

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Paisley Pirates take a break from league action this weekend as they playback to back Scottish Cup ties against Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday and Sunday. They are away to the Fife side in the first leg, before returning to Braehead Arena for the second and deciding leg 24 hours later (face off 4.30pm).

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The club has faced a difficult time in recent weeks and will be hoping that a change of competition will see them return to something  like their best form. Player/coach Adam Walker commented, “Kestrels have improved since we last played them and they had a good result in Aberdeen last Saturday, so we need to be ready to face them.” 

Pirates put up a gutsy performance last Sunday against the Solway Sharks, and will be hoping that two similar displays over both nights will allow them to progress to the next stage of the competition. After a few average home displays in recent weeks, the last few home games have shown some signs of better things returning, and they will be hoping to see more improvement at the weekend.

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THE fitness suite at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre re-opened on Monday after a £180,000 refurbishment.

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The gym had been closed for a makeover with more than 40 new pieces of fitness equipment including three stair climbers and a large functional rig.

And to let people see the new-look and upgraded gym, an Open Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 December.

Anyone can come along to the gym for free and try out the new fitness machines, book a place at one of the fitness classes and take part in an exercise class in the gym being held every hour from 9am until 3pm.

There are also two special offers to coincide with the new-look Lagoon gym. You can take out any pay monthly membership in December with a reduced first payment of £10 and two people can get a gym-only six-month membership that gives them access to Renfrewshire Leisure’s six fitness suites for only £179.

Call Renfrewshire Leisure’s membership team on 0300 300 0250 or visit your local leisure centre for more information.

Head of Leisure and community services, Mark Tokeley said: “We’re really pleased with the way the refurbishment has gone. And I’m sure the members will be also be impressed with their new-look facility.”

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