Disappointment for local musicians

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CARNOUSTIE and district Youth Brass Band narrowly missed being crowned British Youth Band champions in Manchester on Sunday.

They were beaten to the title by Welsh band Gwynedd and Mon Senior Band.

Band member Calum Tonner won the prize for best instrumentalist with his superb performance of the Harry James trumpet concerto.

Adjudicators Simone Rubello and Garry Cutt described his performance as “outstanding” and the band performance as “exhilarating”. Overall, this was a superb performance from this highly accomplished band.

The band had been rehearsing last week with Dr Nick Childs and performed a concert on Friday to a packed church of supporters.

Mr Michael Robertson the conductor of the band and teacher to the majority of members said of the performance: “The young people in the band played extremely well and are a credit to their schools, their parents and they are a joy to work with.

“They should be very proud of their achievements.”

Carnoustie councillor and Provost of Angus Helen Oswald congratulated the young musicians on their achievement.

She said: “I am pleased and proud that they carry the name of Carnoustie to all corners, and what wonderful ambassadors they are.

“In this specific instance I am disappointed for them, as they had so set their hearts on winning the championship for a third consecutive time.

“However, I would imagine that the first three bands would have been marked very closely and I am sure the Carnoustie youngsters came within a hair’sbreadth of achieving the success they sought.

“I am sure they will be up there again next year. Over the years they have recorded many achievements and this is one among many.”