Local brass musicians triumph again

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A GROUP of young local musicians travelled to Livingston at the weekend to take part in the Scottish Youth Ensemble and Solo competition.

Once again they returned with an impressive hall of silverware.

Iona McFarlane and Finlay McGhee from Monikie Primary School and Ethan Docherty from Carnoustie High acquitted themselves well in the junior solo competition and are certainly very promising prospects for the future.

The Angus youngsters then went on to claim all the top spots in the other age categories.

In the Intermediate section aged 13 to 16, trombonist Jordan Robertson was crowned Scottish Solo Champion with Chris Flynn coming a close second. Jacqueline Stark also gained a silver award in this section.

Jordan and Chris teamed up with Louise McFadden and Colette Colman to play in the Intermediate Ensemble event and again won first place.

The older players did equally well in the Youth Section aged 17 to 21.

The solo section was won by Calum Tonner with Peter Jackson and Christopher Robertson taking second and third places respectively. Sarah Knight also competed in this section and finished just outside the prizes.

Christopher Robertson, Peter Jackson, Sarah Knight and Chris Flynn formed the ensemble group and again won the Youth Ensemble section.

Once again this is a marvellous achievement for youth brass in Angus. All the players in the Intermediate and Youth sections are members on the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band.

The adjudicators commented on the extremely high standard of play from the Angus youngsters and Michael Dodd who plays with the famous Grimethorpe Band said the standard was way above that in Yorkshire which is the heart of brass banding.

All the winners are pupils of Mr Michael Robertson, musical director and conductor of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band. The work that he is doing with the young musicians in the Angus area was recognised in the feedback at the championships.