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2010 National Youth Championships - Advanced Section retrospective


Scots celebration for the remarkable Carnoustie & District

Scots celebration for the remarkable Carnoustie & District


If there was a contesting disappointment on the day, it came with the overall standard of playing shown in the Advanced Section, where a stern set work in ‘Laudate Dominum’ proved beyond the capabilities of very nearly all the competing bands.


The exception was the winner, Carnoustie & District under the excellent direction of Michael Robertson, who once again showed just what an impressive band they are by taking the title with a notable degree of comfort.

The Scots learnt a valuable lesson here last year when they rather misjudged their programme content, but on this occasion they decided to show their overall qualities by supplementing the set work with a sparkling ‘Olympic Fanfare’ followed by a reflective ‘Clare Benediction’ and a top notch soloist with principal cornet player Eoin Tonner on ‘Slaviche Fantasy’.

By the time they came to the robust, but balanced final chords of the Gregson work, they must have known they had delivered a marker that was going to be difficult to beat. And so it proved, gaining an obligatory Gold Award, the Boosey & Hawkes Trophy and the £350 first prize to take back home with them. Young Mr Tonner deservedly took the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ prize.

Startingly talented

Carnoustie is a band made up of some startlingly talented individual performers moulded with a great deal of skill and understanding by an impressive MD.

Theirs was 20 minutes of high class playing; detailed and precise, balanced and warmly toned, with those ear catching principal players. Ioin Tonner performed with real swagger, and the rest of his colleagues were not too far behind, whilst the MD quietly, but effectively, kept a tight lid on tempi, brought out inner ensemble detail and only occasionally let his young charges off the dynamic leash.

The celebrations were thoroughly well deserved.

Scottish Champions 2009

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