Carnoustie bands retain honours

The intermediate ensemble winners, from left - Chris Flynn, Colette Colman,  Jordan Robertson and Louise McFadden.

The intermediate ensemble winners, from left - Chris Flynn, Colette Colman, Jordan Robertson and Louise McFadden.

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Carnoustie’s musical youth recently brought home another haul of titles at a national brass competition.

The Besson Solo and Ensemble Championships in association with West Lothian Council and presented by the Scottish Brass Band Association at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston proved a veritable gold mine for the young musicians.

Carnoustie junior ensemble winners with the competition adjudicators. From left - Finlay McGhee, Aiden Robertson, Holly Bennett, Lucy Mineard and Iona McFarlane

Carnoustie junior ensemble winners with the competition adjudicators. From left - Finlay McGhee, Aiden Robertson, Holly Bennett, Lucy Mineard and Iona McFarlane

The Carnoustie Primaries’ Ensemble consisting of Iona McFarlane, Lucy Mineard, Holly Bennett, Finlay McGhee and Aiden Robertson won the Scottish title with the Carlogie Quartet of Gavin Lee, Matthew Crombie, Cameron Geekie and Raghnall Simmons also gaining a gold award and being placed fourth.

In the Junior category (12 years of age and under), baritone player Holly Bennett won first place with Finlay McGhee coming third from a field of fifteen players.

There was similar success in the intermediate section (13 – 16) making it the sixth year in a row that Carnoustie musicians have won it.

The Carnoustie quartet of Colette Colman, Louise McFadden, Jordan Robertson and Chris Flynn won the title with the Carnoustie B Quartet consisting of Jacqueline Stark, Emily Christison, Marcello Rufo and Angus Geekie being placed second.

In the solo competition for this age group Chris Flynn and Jordan Robertson were placed first and second respectively, again from a field of fifteen players.

All of the young musicians have been taught by well-known brass teacher and conductor Mr Michael Robertson, who was on hand in Livingston to provide support and piano accompaniment.

He said: “I was delighted with their performances and I would just like to thank all of the parents for their continued support.”

Jerry Randalls, music support officer for Angus Council, added: “This is great news again from the Carnoustie pupils, not just for Carnoustie but also for Angus.”