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PUPILS from Belmont House school are practising their high notes for an upcoming concert to remember.

The 43-strong choir are making their way east on May 10, to take part in the latest Voice in a Million performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Reverend Jerry Eve, of Busby Parish Church, completing his lap.

Reverend Jerry Eve, of Busby Parish Church, completing his lap.

The event, which the Newton Mearns school has attended twice before at different venues, offers youngsters the chance to come together and perform for the benefit of children in adoption or foster care.

The East Ren pupils first auditioned by sending a DVD of their performance at the 2011 Children in Need broadcast, singing Primal Scream’s Moving On Up.

Choir leader and head of aesthetic subjects, Julie Smart, told The Extra: “This is the first Scottish Voice in a Million event and we will be part of the main stage choir, as well as 11 of our pupils having solos on stage.

“We’re even singing one song of our own, which is marvellous”.

One such soloist is 17-year-old Carl MacPherson, who performed at the Wembley event earlier this year.

He commented: “It’s a really good opportunity to have. Mrs Smart is a great teacher and she brings out the best in the choir.

“There are 43 of us taking part, ranging from ages nine to 18 — although there are less seniors involved, because it’s exam time.

“I have my music exam the day before, but then I have a whole week until my next one, and I’m excited about the performance”.

And while one school is gearing up for a big event, another is just recovering from one.

Over at Busby primary, pupils and staff are celebrating a successful fundraising relay race on Saturday.

The youngsters and special guests took to the track at Williamwood high school to raise money for the school and for Busby parish church.

East Renfrewshire MSP Ken McIntosh and headteacher Sharon Hunter raced the first few hundred yards, passing the baton to team members until four groups had completed a marathon length.

The event was organised by the school’s parent council, and over 300 people attended. A fundraising total has yet to be confirmed.