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Hello and welcome to the Clyde Auditorium and to Music Nation: A


Sporting Fanfare. Tonight, as part of the BBC's Music


Nation weekend, we're part of a huge celebration of music that's


taking place right across the country, counting down to the


cultural extravaganza that runs alongside this summer's Olympic and


Paralympic Games. We're going to be enteartained by some of Scotland's


inspirational musicians and singers who have come from all over the


country to the very, very young to those who would be pushed to do 100


meters in ten minutes. That will be you then!


It will be an amazing night of music.


With London 2012, we have over 300 musicians on stage.


Performing alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, it's a


pleasure to welcome the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland,


students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the


National Youth Choir of Scotland. We have got the stunning Nicola


Benedetti as well as the 2011 Young Traditional Musician of the year,


Kristan Harvey. Later we'll be joined by the


youngest performers of the night, musicians from Big Noise in


Stirling. It is the greatest collaboration between music and


sport since Chris Hoy in the Olympic Velodrome.


Sportsmen and sports women who have dedicated their lives to achieving


excellence and they have got the bling to prove it.


A wonderful array of sporting stars ajoining us tonight. There is a


sporting theme to the music. Oh yeah.


These things don't happen by accident. It is all planned!


We start with John William's Olympic Fanfare and Theme and to


lead all our performers, it's my pleasure to welcome our conductor


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What a fantastic start, ladies and gentlemen.


That was John Williams Olympic fanfare and theme written for the


Los Angeles games in 1984 and led tonight by Daniel Bell. Getting off


to a great start and Rory, I'm glad you could join me to present this


evening, you are such a big sport and music fan.


That's right, well we were going to have Gavin Hastings, but we've only


got two hours! LAUGHTER


The way I talk that's only about three sentences so I'm afraid


that's all we've got time for this evening and... Now, are you looking


forward to the Olympics? Hugely, as all of in Glasgow know we are


talking about the summer's Games in London being the warm up event for


the really big one, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in




I'm old enough to remember when the Commonwealth Games were held in


Edinburgh in 1970 when this generation's parents were still in


short trousers. Well, someone who is always in


short trousers is the first of our featured athletes tonight. If I


tell you, it is a miracle he can fit those giant legs into any


trousers, I am talking about the great I can Olympic male cyclist of


all time. Sir Chris Hoy. Chris is deep in full-time training for the


summer where he is hoping to add to his haul of four Olympic golds and


one silver. We caught up with him - who am I kidding?


We stopped him in training! We asked him what role music played in


his success. He was the undisputed king of the


velodrome in Beijing four years ago, but Chris Hoy's Olympic Olympic


glory started in 2004, when music played a crucial part in bringing


home the gold. You get one shot. It is one time


trial event and as world champion, I was last man off and the world


record had gone two or three times before I was up there. There was an


amazing atmosphere and normally I would be listening to the Foo


Fighters or The Chemical Brothers, something that fires you up a bit,


but I put on Massive Attack, Angle which is a dark, slow track. I


remember putting it on and I got goose bumps on me arm listening to


t it put me in the right frame of mind for that particular moment and


it seemed to work all right back in 2004.


COMMENTATOR: Oh Chris Hoy is the Olympic Olympic champion, the


Commonwealth champion, the world champion.


Until Beijing, no Scott had won three gold medals in one Olympic


Games which meant we were soon referring to him as Sir Chris Hoy.


So never unestimate the power of music. It could inspire Chris Hoy


to Olympic gold once again this Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Hoy.


APPLAUSE So Chris Hoy there with probably


the only mention of the Foo Fighters you will hear tonight!


Thris is our most -- Chris is our most successful medal winner.


Tonight, we won't just be strolling down memory lane, we will be


cycling, swimming, running, boxing and diving and in the case of


hockey and football, weaving down memory lane as we have in the


audience some of the Scots who have completed and won Olympic honours


over the last 60 years. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for


our very special guests. From the British diving team in 1948 and


1952, please welcome Sir Peter Heatly.


APPLAUSE Bronze medallist in the 152200


meter breaststroke, Eleanor Gordon. APPLAUSE


From The Great Britain football team in 1948, Angus Carmichael.


APPLAUSE And from the 1992 im's hockey team,


Sue Frazer. APPLAUSE


And we'll have more Olympic stars in a short while. Time to hear from


the fantastic collection of musicians. If you want a bit of


stirring classical music to inspire where better to turn than Richard


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Wonderful. Thank you, Stephen. The owe ver ture by the Mastersingers


Of Nuremberg. We have got some of the best


musical talent in Scotland, but it does not get any better than the


woman whose performances made her famous over the world. Here tonight


to perform the final movement of Bruch's Violin Concerto, Nicola


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APPLAUSE The fantastic, Nicola Benedetti


with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Scottish youth


orchestra of Scotland. A wonderful ambassador for music


and for Scotland. To be that good, you have to start at the age of




Well, time to meet another world beating Scot, the first of our true


sporting heroes to take to the stage tonight.


If I tol you he was the fastest Scot of his generation, you will


have a clue. The only Scot who was faster was Jackie Stewart!


LAUGHTER And he was in a car!


LAUGHTER Before we meet him, here is a


reminder of the brilliance of the of the sprinting legend that was


and is Allan Wells. It is one of the iconic moments in


It is one of the iconic moments in the history of Scottish sport.


COMMENTATOR: Wells got away well. And possibly one of the loudest.


Come on! Allan Wells going for Olympic gold


in the Moscow 100 meters, supported every step of the by his wife and


coach, Margo. It was close. It was too close to call


straightaway and a nation held its breath while the outcome was


decided. Was Scotland about to have its first 100 meters champion?


He did it. He won it! And so on his first appearance at


the Olympic stage, Allan took the gold medal and prime position on


the podium. The Olympic theme replaced God save the Queen as he


was presented with his medal. Of course, it should not be


forgotten that Allan Wells came within inches of a gold double


taking silver in the 200 meters. How good an athlete was he? Over 30


years on, Allan Wells sprint records stand to this day.


Ladies and gentlemen, 100 meter gold Olympic medal winner, Allan




Huge appreciation here. They say behind every successful man is a


very supportive woman. We saw that. There was no way you were going to


lose that. You would have slept in the car. I would have been chucked


out the family. A big big inspare ration -- inspare


ration? Margo was very strong and she was doing all the running about.


She was doing all the running about? We were very much a team and


I think that as you saw, at the end of the day, we were successful and


you know... You are not just saying that because she is here tonight?


Yeah. Looking back, I don't know how many


times you have watched the Moscow run, but what's the feeling you get


when you watch it? Well, the thing is, as an athlete


you are building up to a major championships and so you are


conditioned for it mentally and physically. Obviously, we like


winning and I won quite a few things and you know, I was out


there to win and, you know, it has been able to keep the, keep relaxed


and keep the pressure away from you and use that.


You were at the time people were asking you who were you running for


you? After the final and the ceremony and so forth, we had the


press conference and there was a chap that stood up and he said,


"You did it for Harold Harold Abrahams." I said if I did it for


anyone, I did it for Eric for Eric Liddell.


Were you inspired by a book he wrote? I picked up a, it was a


second-hand book. It was the first thing I picked up, it was a small,


thin book and it was all about Eric Liddell. I was about 15 or 16 at


the time and I just thought I'm going to have this book. It was


inspirational. Allan, we know you have to run!


Ladies and gentlemen, Allan Wells. APPLAUSE


After hearing about Eric Liddell, there is only one piece of music we


can play. It is not Adele, is it? LAUGHTER


It is the theme of the movie that told the Games.


We have rare archive film of Eric Liddell competing in Paris. Ladies


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and gentlemen, conducting Chariots APPLAUSE Vangelis's theme from


Chariots of Fire. The proceeds from the royalties


from that song, of course, going to support the Greek economy!


LAUGHTER Tonight is all about celebrating


our Olympic Olympic heroes. And if you are in the audience, you could


be sitting next to one of them because they are all here this


evening. 1956 gold and 1962 bronze medal winning boxer, Dick McTaggart.


1992 bronze mid-al hockey player, Alison Ramsay.


From the 1948 Olympic footballing team, Alan Boyd.


And 1964 silver medal winner swimmer, Bobby McGregor.


APPLAUSE That was the first one you remember.


That was the first one I remembered was Bobby McGregor.


You always wanted to be Bobby's girl.


We have nearly 300 performers on stage. It is time we used all of


them or nearly all. Brought together by choirmaster


Christopher Bell, we have the combined singers of the Royal


Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Youth Choir of Scotland


accompanied by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Here is


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APPLAUSE That was by Vangelis. We're keeping


Greece afloat. Athens, can we have your votes, please?


We're coming to the end of the first-half of our concert and we


are come to go a piece of music associated with the Olympics.


Olympics, wouldn't be the Olympics checkout cheating. This isn't from


the summer Games, it is from the winter in Sarajevo.


Neither Torvill or Dean were Scottish!


But neither was Ravel. Tonight we are going to enjoy the


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Welcome to the second part of Music Nation: A Sporting Fanfare at the


Clyde Auditorium. Has anyone not got the Bolero in their head? We


are here to celebrate Scottish talent from music and sport and


like Donald Trump's hairdresser, pulling the strands together to


create a unique and crowning spectacle.


We are proud to introduce a piece the BBC has commissioned by one of


the foremost come composers, James MacMillan. Please welcome back,


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Stephen Bell. APPLAUSE


That piece by James MacMillan. When it comes to London 2012, it is


about dedication, determination, will power, stamina and a refusal


to give us and that's just trying to get the tickets!


LAUGHTER Two more of Scotland's sporting


heroes, who demonstrated all those characteristics and more are our


next special guests. Please welcome, David willk key and Liz McColgan --


Wilkie and Liz McColgan. APPLAUSE David, Scotland, but you


were born in Sri Lanka, is this right? I was and that played a


great influence in my swimming career because that's where I


learned to swim. I started very, very young.


Warmer water? Much warmer than in Edinburgh.


I was there. It was warm when I was there.


If Rory was powering past you at that point.


I remember you very well. You were the guy in lane two!


We have heard a lot about dedication and stamina and the will


to keep going. You were always lazy in training, weren't you? Sadly, I


have to admit that, but the times where that you have to put the hard


work in. But when I was a little kid, swimming was not fun. Can you


imagine going up and down all the time and when you have come from a


country like Sri Lanka and you are stuck in a pool in Edinburgh that


was built in 1896, it wasn't conducive... Is it still there?


Now we have the wonderful Commonwealth pool. Did you find a


lonely thing. You talk about it is not much fun getting up at that


time, particularly swimming, that dedication of being on your own all


the time? Being at boarding school was harder. Women something an


individual sport. And you have to be moat motivated and you have to


swim four hours every day and if you can't get the motivation, it is


tougher. We talked about the loneliness of


the swimming regime. You know about it Liz from long distance running


people talk of the loneliness of the long distance runner. Did that


ever affect you? No, I have always liked my own company so, you know,


I relished the fact that I could get out there and push myself and


test myself and I never felt that I sacrificed anything to get to the


levels that I was at. You were your own trainer, not at


first, but you decided you wanted to to do that.


I was coached from 12 to 18 from a guy guy who died of a heart attack


whilst out running. I coached myself. I learned the trade as they


say so it was really good fun. But it is about what you were doing,


it is about that mental preparation? You know, it doesn't


matter what you do in life, if you are going to be successful, you


know, you have got to be motivated, dedicated and and believe in


yourself and I think that kind of fits into whether it is music or


sport and I think that anyone that is successful has those traits.


And you have to do that if you are a musician as everybody here knows.


You have to put in the hours, but not in swimming trunks.


You are training your own family. Your own daughter, is she going to


be at London in in 2012. My daughter Eilish is one of the


top leading distance runners for the 3 K cheeple chase and --


steeplechase and she has the opportunity to qualify for the


London Olympics. Ladies and gentlemen, two of the


greats, David willk key and -- Wilkie and Liz McColgan.


APPLAUSE Like many of our sporting heroes, the musicians here tonight


are at the top of their game. None more so than BBC Scotland's young


traditional musician of the year, 2011, Kristan Harvey who is going


to play us a medley of Scottish pieces arranged for this evening.


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Kristan Harvey. Kristan Harvey and Nicola Benedetti.


Our final guest is another example. She won three gold medals at the


Paralympic Games and hopes to increase her total as thee competes


in the tandem cycling event in London 2012. Before we welcome her


on to the stage, here is a look at Aileen McGlynn is one of Scotland's


most successful par a ra Olympians. She was born partially sighted, but


didn't tell anyone when she joined a cycling club as a teenager. With


less than 10% visibility, she has a pilot to steer, but she provides


equal power. Aileen had a gold and silver in the bag when she headed


off to Beijing four years ago. It is two Olympic golds.


Double gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games meant Aileen


McGlynn had to get used to being in the spotlight. Her idle and


inspiration was Chris Hoy and she is only one behind his haul.


Outstanding From Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter and words are


beginning to fail us. Don't be surprised if further


honours follow in London this Ladies and gentlemen, Aileen


McGlynn. Aileen McGlynn. APPLAUSE


I cannot believe you are here because you are so hard training?


am just back from the world track championships where I got three


silver medals. I had a couple of weeks off and now I'm training for


London. Look at this bling.


APPLAUSE You are not going to go through


Glasgow with those this evening, it is Saturday night!


Chris Hoy a huge inspiration to you, but you might overtake Chris Hoy?


don't know about that. He got me into track cycling, watching him


win a gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games inspired me to take up track


cycling. You are training a lot at the


moment, but you are training with a simulated route and training at


home? Part of my training is a lot of session on the bike, on the


turbo turbo in the house and I don't have to go out on the road.


It simulates the route. I get all the routes.


And the potholes? No, I avoid the pot moles.


What -- potholes. What keeps you going? I really


enjoy the training and I enjoy standing on the podium with a gold


medal around my neck! APPLAUSE


Well, let's hope you do this summer. Thanks once again to Aileen McGlynn.


Good luck! APPLAUSE


And we will expect to see more med ams more med ams around -- medals


around Aileen's neck this summer. More music to come from our singers


and musicians on stage. We have a selection from the rousing Carmina


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Burana by Carl Orff. Please welcome APPLAUSE


Thank you Stephen Bell and our musician. There is more to come.


Carmina Burana, let's call the whole thing off. I apologise.


Before we bring Tonight's show to a close, we will look forward to the


summer of sport and culture ahead of us. We wish Team GB well and


particularly those from the north of the border.


Among them are the swimmer, Hannah Miley.


APPLAUSE Canoeist, David Florence.


And Katherine Grainger. APPLAUSE


And we have time for one last interview with a sportsman man.


Andy Murray however has had high hopes of a special double in double


He is a man on an Olympic mission. A first round defeat in the Beijing


Games four years ago, means London 2012 gives Andy Murray a big chance


to make amends. I look back on that as being one of


the best experiences in my career. I was around some of the greatest


athletes. Going to the opening ceremony was unbelievable and that


was over in Beijing and now that it is on home soil, I think it is


going to be great. I'm really looking forward to the tennis. It


is at Wimbledon as well so that will make it more special too and


the players view it as being huge. It is alongside the Grand Slams now


in terms of its prestige and I look forward to playing.


Right then, Andy, we have seen you lift plenty of trophies over the


years, so what would you prefer next? A Grand Slam title? Or an


Olympic gold? I don't know which one would be better. I have never


done either, but now the tennis has got big in the Olympics and I'll


try and hopefully this year win Wimbledon and the Olympics.


And we are rooting for him to do both. Andy Murray.


APPLAUSE Well, that is almost all from the


Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. We would like to thank the sports


people, and the musicians, students of the Royal Conservatoire of


Scotland and the BBC's Scottish Symphony Orchestra.


Tonight is about talent and encouraging The Next Generation of


musician, sportsmen and women. To finish, let's hear from some of


them. They are celebrating the joy, energy and spirit of being involved


in in making music. Please welcome from Raploch in


Stirling, the musicians of Big Noise.


APPLAUSE Once again, many thanks to our


Scotland's musical and sporting stars come together for a unique evening of classical music and celebration of sporting success, held at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow and presented by Kirsty Wark and Rory Bremner.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell, lead this evening of popular classical music and are joined by some of the country's finest young musicians, including international star Nicola Benedetti.

Also joining them are some of Scotland's Olympic stars, including Allan Wells, David Wilkie and Liz McColgan, celebrating excellence and dedication that's needed to be the best in any field, be it sporting or musical.

Among the popular pieces played are the theme to hit movie Chariots of Fire, Ravel's Bolero and Carmina Burana.

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