Band prepares for concert

Arbroath Instrumental Band is once again busy preparing for their annual gala concert.

It will be held in St Andrews Church, Arbroath on Friday, September 7, at 7.30 p.m., under their musical director Mr Michael Robertson.

The band has a few solo items in the programme which has a distinctly patriotic feel this year with fanfare on British sea songs, Pomp and Circumstance March and a London Celebration included in the programme as well as the the Olympic fanfare and theme.

In keeping with the focus on youth, which has been prevalent in the Olympic Games this year, all of the soloists featured on the night are senior members of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS).

The band are delighted to have Gregory Chaplain, deputy principal cornet player, Peter Jackson, principal baritone and Liam McKay, principal percussionist with NYBBS, all within the ranks of Arbroath Instrumental Band and the audience will be treated to the very best in virtuoso playing from all three.

Joining the band again this year will be the Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band, performing to an exceptionally high standard under the baton of Ann Ness, principal cornet player.

The standard of this band is all the more amazing considering the average age is 12.

This November the band will be competing again in the Scottish Youth Band competition championships in Perth.

Last year the youth band came a very creditable second place in the development section against 18 other bands.

They also recently held their own very successful concert in Carnoustie which raised nearly £500 for band funds.

And while many brass bands in Britain are struggling to recruit players, the Arbroath Instrumental Band is currently thriving with youth playing a very prominent part.

The Youth Band has continued to go from strength to strength and now counts 35 playing members, while the senior band numbers more than 40.

Most of the youth band and the younger members of the senior band attended the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, its Reserve Band and the newly formed National Childrens’ Band courses held in St Andrews at the beginning of August.

They had the opportunity to work with the world famous conductor Bramwell Tovey, who is currently the resident maestro with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The Youth Band have a programme planned including ‘Marching Through the Movies’, Robbie Williams’ classics and Paulo Nutini favourite ‘Pencil Full of Lead’.

Tickets costing £10 or £8 for concessions are available from McDougalls, High Street, Carnoustie or The Pageant, Kirk Square, Arbroath.

They are also available by contacting Alison Robertson on 01241 411051 or Ann Ness on 01241 411138 or alternatively at the door on the evening of the concert.