Parents and community members gathered at Kwaleen Elementary School Oct. 18 to voice their opposition to the proposal to close the school next September.

Parents and community members gathered at Kwaleen Elementary School Oct. 18 to voice their opposition to the proposal to close the school next September.

Youth fiddlers perform for Williams Lake city council

For a change of pace, Tuesday's Williams Lake city council meeting began with a performance by the Cariboo Youth Fiddler Society.

It wasn’t the usual ambiance at Tuesday’s regular city council meeting. For a change of pace, the meeting began with a performance by the Cariboo Youth Fiddler Society.

Thanking mayor and council for the opportunity to perform, teenaged fiddler Sage Trampleasure informed council the society is in the midst of tackling a large musical project titled, The Fiddle History of Canada.

“It’s a full stage production developed and taught by master musician and arranger Gordon Stobbe from Nova Scotia. Our fiddle society has brought forth some of the best fiddle instruction and musical arrangement that Canada has to offer, and they in turn are excited to work with us on this project.”

Preparation for the performance is already underway, with the youths learning the musical pieces for the project.

They participated in a workshop in September, which Trampleasure described as a “huge success” that saw youths playing fiddle, guitar, piano and ukelele.

“In March 2013 we will present an entertaining and educational music experience, starting off with a performance in a community venue and then travelling to schools in the district and First Nations communities,” she said.

Trampleasure told council the society is eagerly awaiting a successful outcome for its community grant application to the city to help with the project.