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Wishaw school pupil part of orchestra taking part in COP26 concert

A Wishaw high school pupil has rubbed shoulders with pop royalty at a concert to coincide with the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Fourteen-year-old Duncan Richards was part of a 100-strong orchestra performing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Concert for the Climate, held at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

The orchestra of young musicians – from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and its Junior Conservatoire – joined with internationally recognised conductor, Emil de Cou, singer-songwriter, Natasha Bedingfield, and the Global Climate Uprising Festival to create a 90-minute live spectacular blend of sound and cinematic visuals.

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For violinist Duncan, who attends Clyde Valley High School, it was an experience he will never forget.

He told Lanarkshire Live : “It was absolutely brilliant.

“It was the first time since the pandemic that we had all performed together.

“As a young person our future will be impacted by climate change and to be part of a concert which raised awareness was pretty special.”

Highlights from the concert included new footage of climate change from NASA and National Geographic, messages from the International Space Station and the Earthshot Prize, and appearances by young environmental partners from the most impacted areas of the world.

“We heard experiences from people living in Ghana, Nigeria and Panama,” said Duncan.

“Developing nations are bearing the brunt of our way of life so we really need to pay them back and change our way of life.”

Duncan’s mum Hilda was delighted to see her son part of such a prestigious event.

She told us : “Myself and my husband are just so proud of him.

“He has playing since he was five and has practiced really hard.

“He is a talented musician and he was very humbled and honoured to be part of the concert.”

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