Traditional opening to fine concert

A LARGE and enthusiastic audience enjoyed a varied programme at Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band’s annual concert on Saturday.

The event held at the Panbride Church hall in Carnoustie featured the young group and some extremely talented solo playing.

The concert opened in traditional style with ‘Colonel Bogey’, the famous march.

The programme had something for everyone including songs from the musicals ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, film music from ‘Dances with Wolves’ and popular songs ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’, ‘Something Stupid’ and ‘Mamma Mia’.

There were also original compositions for brass brand by Edward Gregson and Jan De Haan which proved a technical challenge for the young people, which they surpassed.

The concert also featured some wonderful solo playing from Jordan Robertson (12) on trombone who played ‘Morceaux Symphonique’ and Christopher Flynn (11) on euphonium who played Andante and Scherzo.

Both of these soloists are the younger members of the band and the technicality which was displayed during these solo spots was particularly impressive.

Two older members of the band, Chris Robertson (euphonium) playing ‘Bluebells of Scotland’ and Scott Ness (cornet/trumpet) who played ‘Fantasia on Tico Tico’, also provided a high standard of entertainment to the appreciative audience.

The band has 39 members ranging from 10 to 17 years but the bulk of the youngsters are between 10 and 15 years of age.

They are conducted by Ann Ness and all are taught by Mr Michael Robertson, musical director of the senior Arbroath Instrumental Band and the British Youth Brass Band Champions, Carnoustie and District Youth Band.

Ann said: “These young people are the cream of youth today and show immense dedication and commitment to perform at such a high standard.

“Credit must go to their teacher Mr Michael Robertson and the inspiration and quality of teaching that he provides.

“I have the easy job of pulling them all together at the end of the day but the real work is done at home and in their lessons. I am so proud of them all.”

The Youth Band will be having their usual featured spot at the Arbroath Instrumental Band concert in Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre on Friday, September 2, at 7.30 p.m.