IT WAS a tense affair at the Perth Concert Hall on Sunday evening when the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band played off against the West Lothian Schools Band for the Scottish Youth Title. Carnoustie lost the title to West Lothian last year having won it for the two years previously.
This year, the Carnoustie Band regained the title which they can now add to their British Championship title and BBC Radio 2 Youth Brass Band of the Year won by them earlier in the year. The band has had its best year yet and only two weeks ago performed to an audience of 6,000 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, having been specially invited to take part in the Youth Proms.
The band continues to go from strength to strength and it is clear from the range of age groups in the band from 12 to 20 that there are several more good years ahead.
At the helm is musical director Mr. Michael Robertson, pictured left, who teaches each and every one of the brass players in his day to day peripatetic brass instructing at Angus schools. He has produced a marvellous run of top class musicians who regularly wow judges and audiences wherever they perform.
During the Scottish Brass Championship Mr Robertson was called to the stage to be presented with the Scottish Brass Band Association President’s Award for his services to youth and Scottish brass banding.
He told the Guide & Gazette: “I am absolutely delighted that the band has regained its Scottish Youth title. Everyone works so hard, their attendances are amazing and they deserve every success they get.”
He was also delighted to received the President’s Award and commented: “That was amazing. It is the most prestigious award in the brass bands sector in Scotland and I was delighted to receive it.”
There will be one more chance to hear this spectacular band perform before the end of the year when they will put on a Christmas Show to remember at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, on the evening of Saturday, December 15, starting at 7.30 p.m.
Tickets for the concert are already selling fast and can be purchased at MacDougall’s Newsagent, High Street Carnoustie, McDonalds Newsagent, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, from any member of the band or from members of the Rotary Club of Abertay who are hosting the evening.
The school choir from Barnhill Primary will also perform with the band on the evening.