Good news from the bandstand

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A world renowned brass band conductor put some young Angus musicians through their paces recently.

Michael Robertson, brass instructor at Carnoustie High School, had invited world famous brass band conductor Richard Evans to Carnoustie to take Carnoustie High School Brass Band through their current programme.

Richard is a charismatic and colourful character and at 80 still commands an instant rapport with young musicians. He said: “I came here today expecting a fun afternoon with young people. But on first hearing, I had to switch up a few gears. These kids are seriously good. And all from one teacher! Mike Robertson.”

Pupils from Carnoustie High, Carlogie and Monikie primaries took part. Music Support Officer for Angus Council, Jerry Randalls said: “I hope that Richard can return the next time his diary allows. It was an inspirational and unforgettable afternoon.”

Carnoustie brass players won through to the national finals of the Northern Counties Brass Solo and Ensemble Competition in the East and Old Church at the weekend.

Success at this competition ensures qualification to the Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships in Livingston on February 7, 2015.

Once again there was a large entry of fine young players from Carnoustie and the town will be well represented at the national finals.

Results: Juniors (12 and under) - 1, Holly Bennett; 2, Iona McFarlane; 3, Gavin Lee. Intermediate (16 years and under) - 1, Jordan Robertson; 2, Chris Flynn; 3, Finlay McGhee.

Four brass ensembles also made it to the finals: Carnoustie Junior Ensemble - Iona McFarlane, Chris Yeaman, Holly Bennett, Raghnall Simmons and Jamie Winterton. Carnoustie A Ensemble - Chris Flynn, Finlay McGhee, Aileen Goss, Jordan Robertson and Angus Geekie. Carnoustie B Ensemble - Iona McFarlane, Lucy Mineard, Ethan Doherty, Marcello Rufo and Aiden Robertson. Carnoustie C Ensemble - Jordan Robertson, Jacqueline Stark, Joanna Flynn and Iain Yeaman.