Today will see people celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns at Burns Suppers held all over the world so it seems only fitting to remember the year we worked with the Bridgeton Burns Club.
The Bridgeton Burns Club was formed in 1870 and, still going strong, it promotes the knowledge and cultivation of Scottish literature. More specifically, it introduces the songs and poetry of Robert Burns to the young people of Glasgow, through the Club’s annual Schools Competition, and hosts a Burns Supper for seven hundred members each January.
We produced a documentary which followed a year in the life of the Bridgeton Burns Club from committee meetings where competition material was decided upon to months of rehearsals, the actual competition and a Burns Supper where gifted finalists between the ages of five and seventeen years old were invited to recite their winning pieces of poetry or music.
The competition and opportunity to perform in front of those who appreciate Burns the most was evidently a unique and enjoyable experience for the young people involved, and one they will remember for the rest of their lives.
We don’t have this job on our website but you’ll find plenty of our other films at www.rumblelimited.tv