Gala cheque for Jordan’s China trip

Young brass musician Jordan Robertson was presented with a cheque for �200 from the Carnoustie Galam Committee on Thursday night.
Young brass musician Jordan Robertson was presented with a cheque for �200 from the Carnoustie Galam Committee on Thursday night.

A young Carnoustie musician is one step closer to a dream tour of China with a national orchestra thanks to a generous donation.

Jordan Robertson (16) was chosen earlier this year to join the Symphony Orchestra of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for their three-venue Chinese tour this summer, and last Thursday night the Carnoustie Gala Committee presented her with a cheque for £200 towards the cost.

It will also be the first time that a full symphony orchestra from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland has toured China, and follows on from the successful tour in 2004 by the Children’s String Ensemble.

This year the theme is ‘Scottish Connections’ with Stirling-born conductor Rory Macdonald guiding the young musicians through a fantastic programme featuring Richard Strauss’ ‘MacBeth’, Rachmaninov’s ‘2nd Symphony’ and Erik Chisolm’s first piano concerto ‘Piobaireachd’.

The ‘bon voyage’ concert will be held at the Perth Concert Hall, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 29. It is also the NYoS Symphony Orchestra’s only Scottish date this year.

Jordan, who currently plays for Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, Arbroath Instrumental Band and the Tayside Symphony Orchestra, is a long-standing member of the Con Fuoco brass ensemble who are often found as special guests at local concerts and playing at other events.

She is also part of the horn section of Carnoustie celtic rockers Gleadhraich, most recently appearing on their latest EP ‘Where We’re From’.

She said: “I’m so happy to be given this opportunity, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. It will be hard work but should be a great experience.”