Brass band triumph in national competition

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A CARNOUSTIE based brass band have been crowned best of British yet again after winning a major competition despite only being established four years ago.

Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band won the Premier Section at the British Youth Brass Band Championships in Manchester on Sunday adding to their Scottish Youth Champions crown and the Advanced Section title they won at last year’s British Championships.

The band has 41 members aged from 12 to 20 and despite the young age range they play to an extremely high standard.

Michael Robertson, the current Carnoustie Citizen of the Year, has been at the heart of the band since its creation and has tutored these musicians and others throughout Angus to a high level.

The adjudicators for the competition were Lynda Nicholson and James Scott with Ms Nicholson describing the bands performance as: “A well balanced programme showing off all your strengths.

“Some stunning technical wizardry, but more importantly for me some expressive playing of the highest order. What a treat.”

There was also solo success for Eoin Tonner, the principal cornet player with the band, who won best instrumentalist in the Premier Section having already won the title in the Advanced Section last year.

Carnoustie councillor and Depute Provost Peter Murphy was quick to send his congratulations to the band and said their achievement capped a great weekend for the town.

He said: “As local councillor and depute provost I would like to send my congratulations to Carnoustie and District Brass Band for not just winning the best in Britain title once but for the second year in a row.

“It is such an amazing achievement and the whole town is absolutely over the moon for them.

“Special mention has to go to Mike Robertson who has done a lot for the band that has not just benefited Carnoustie put other parts of Angus.

“It has been a great weekend for Carnoustie with the Spring Fair taking place and the whole town was out for the occasion.”

Local councillor Helen Oswald commented: “I felt the excitement and pride when I heard on Sunday night that they had won their championship.

“There seems to be no end to the successes for the Brass Band members these days and this must be due to the absolute dedication of the members and all their adult supporters and instructors.

“They show just what young people are able to achieve and they are fantastic young ambassadors for Carnoustie.”

Before they left for Manchester the band played to a capacity audience at St Anne’s Church in Carnoustie on Friday when they performed their repertoire to invited guests as well as Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne who talked very highly of the young players.

Carnoustie’s newest councillor, Brian Boyd, was also thrilled at the band’s success.

He stated: “I enjoyed attending the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band recital in St Anne’s Church, Carnoustie, on Friday before they headed off to the British Youth Brass Band Championships in the Northern College of Music in Manchester. It was an excellent evening and made me very proud of Carnoustie and its Youth Brass Band.

“I was really thrilled to get a call on Sunday evening from the organisers telling me of the success.

“I also received an e-mail which I forwarded to the Provost right away. She had also received a ‘phone call and I know she is also thrilled with the result. We are so proud as the Brass Band are great ambassadors for both Carnoustie and Angus.”