Trombonist Joe wins Scottish youth solo title

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A GROUP of young Carnoustie brass players travelled to Livingston on Sunday to take part in the Scottish youth solo and ensemble championships.

Over the past decade, Carnoustie youngsters have returned with a multitude of youth titles and this year proved to be no different.

In the junior category (12-and-under), trombone player Jordan Robertson won second place in her age group from a field of 15 players.

The junior ensemble comprising Jordan and her fellow players Emily Christison, Louise McFadden and Colette Coleman won the Scottish title. Louise and Colette made it through to compete in the solo finals.

There was similar success in the intermediate section (13-to-16 age group) where the Carnoustie High School quintet of Joanne Frier, Scott Ness, Shannon Carson, Craig Knight and Sarah Knight won the title.

In the solo competition for this age group Joanne Frier and Christopher Robertson were in the prizes, taking second and third places respectively, again in a field of 15 players.

In this category, there was a prize for the best player aged 14-and-under and this was won by Craig Knight on his tuba.

The highlight of the weekend was 18-year-old trombonist Joe Walters winning the youth title which is open to entrants up to 21 years of age.

Joe left Carnoustie High School last summer and has gained a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow starting in September this year.

The young Carnoustie musicians have, for several years now, been at the top of brass solo and ensemble playing and have won the intermediate ensemble title for the past five years, as well as winning all the other solo and ensemble titles on multiple occasions.

Once again, Mr Michael Robertson, who has taught all of these successful musicians for the past 15 years, was in Livingstone with his pupils to settle their nerves as well as provide the moral support and piano accompaniment.