Night at the School Proms for band

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A GROUP of young local musicians will become the first Scottish band to grace the stage at a prestigious musical event in London next week.

The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band will feature in the programme of the 2012 Music for Youth School Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday.

Music director for the band Michael Robertson explained how this incredible opportunity came about.

He said: “We are really looking forward to this. We played a sort of audition in Perth in March and June for Music for Youth who had two big festivals and they were impressed enough to invite us down to London next week.

“I heard the capacity of the Albert Hall was about 6,000, and it’s supposed to be packed out. It will be a totally different experience and the kids are all really excited about it now.”

The band has been asked to reprise two of their pieces from their Perth concerts, ‘Enter the Galaxies’ and ‘Dundonnell’ featuring ‘Highland Cathedral’.

Michael added: “We also open the start of the second half with a fanfare, but we’re playing up in the gods so nobody will see us.”

According to Michael the young musicians have been given an amazing opportunity and are planning to make the most of it.

He said: “It’s absolutely brilliant and we are all really looking forward to it. They’ve all worked really hard and the support has been great.

“There are a lot of parents making the trip too, which is great and for some of these kids this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Michael went on: “The Carnoustie community and businesses have been fantastic, as have Angus Council, Mackays, the Carnoustie Community Council and the Gala Committee. Everybody really got behind us and supported us.”

Classic FM are sponsoring the Music for Youth School Proms and although it will not be broadcast a DVD will be produced of the concert and will be available via their website at a later date.

Later this month the young musicians will be back on the road when they travel to Perth to compete in the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships.

In the run up to Christmas the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band has teamed up with the Rotary Club of Abertay to put on an ‘Evening of Festive Cheer’.

The concert will also feature two local school choirs and is scheduled for 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dundee.

Tickets went on sale this week in MacDougall’s Newsagent, Carnoustie, McDonald’s Newsagent, Broughty Ferry, and Dundee Box Office at City Square.

The tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for school children and £25 for a family of four.

Part of the money raised from this will go towards funding travel to Manchester to allow the band to compete in the British Youth Championships.

The young musicians will be hoping to retain their British title for the third year running at the competition in April.

The remainder of the money raised will be used by the Rotary Club of Abertay to support the many good causes they champion.