Great turnout for concert

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A joint effort by a Carnoustie brass band and a Broughty Ferry club could form the basis of an annual Christmas concert.

There was nearly a full house at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, for the second annual Festive Celebration Concert on Saturday by Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band in partnership with Abertay Rotary Club.

There was a standing ovation for their second annual Christmas concert, the guests at which included the Lydian Singers, conducted by William Boyle, and the Scottish Police and Community Choir under the direction of conductor Andrew Russel.

The mix of traditional and modern favourites included such gems as ‘Christmas Calypso’, ‘Stop The Cavalry’ and ‘Mistletoe And Wine’.

In addition the band performed the technically demanding original brass work ‘Enter The Galaxies’ by Paul Lovatt-Cooper and Andy Scott’s beautiful euphonium solo ‘Salt Of The Earth’ performed by young musician Chris Robertson.

Fresh from their own Christmas concert and a performance at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, the Lydian Singers presented a selection of traditional carols to their usual high standard.

The Scottish Police and Community Choir delighted in the second half with their enthusiastic and enjoyable programme of modern tunes.

In tribute to the late Nelson Mandela the band and the choirs came together to perform ‘Babu Yetu’, which is Swahili for ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.

The evening came to a close with ‘Highland Cathedral’ with pipers Craig Weir and James McCallum and drummer Paul Weir.

Proceeds of the concert are to be split between Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band funds and Abertay Probus Club which will distribute the money to local causes.