School of rock: Lowly Knights turn up for class
Children at a Belfast primary school were given a music lesson with a difference when an acclaimed rock band turned up for class.
Pupils at Botanic Primary School had an excuse to make as much noise as they wanted when the Lowly Knights - the 12-strong outfit who played with Snow Patrol on their last tour - came to visit this week.
The outdoor event was organised as part of the school's 70th anniversary celebrations and was watched by an invited audience of former pupils.
Helped by their music teacher Rachel Galbraith, almost 100 children learned the words to one of the Belfast band's most well known songs - Devotion - in preparation for the performance.
"I had seen the Knights play over Christmas and thought the way they played would be ideal for a choir and orchestra," said Ms Galbraith.
"The kids are used to playing classical music so it was great for them to see the same instruments in a different context.
"The whole event was brilliant. The kids loved it. Some of the older boys would normally be a bit self-conscious about singing but when they saw these cool men playing cool songs they jumped right in."
Knights singer/songwriter Stephen Caswell said the band was only too happy to pass on some tips to the up-and-coming musicians.
"Rachel very tentatively approached us about playing - I suppose because it is an unusual request - but everyone in the band thought it was an idea that sounded like too much fun to turn down," he said.
"We finished off our afternoon busking in the playground with riotous and enthusiastic percussionists from the school. Everyone had a great time."
Fellow band member Kellie Turtle revealed that her mother had actually attended Botanic PS.
"It was a great event to be part of," she said.
"To see generations young and old dancing and clapping along with the song in the sunshine was a great feeling.
"We really enjoyed working with the children who seemed really excited about performing with a band they've been listening to on myspace.
"It was a nice opportunity to encourage some budding musicians and singers."