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Masterclass for town band


Dr Nick Childs, director of music at the Black Dyke Brass Band which featured in the recent BBC2 television series 'A Band for Britain' was in Carnoustie over the weekend to work with the young players of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band in preparation for their performance at the forthcoming British Youth Brass Band Championships.

Dr Childs accepted an invitation as his band was conveniently in Perth on Saturday evening performing in the Perth Concert Hall.

He arrived in Carnoustie on Friday evening immediately began putting the band through its paces.

This was followed by further sessions on Saturday and Sunday.  Members of the Carnoustie Band also travelled to Perth to hear the Black Dyke Band play on Saturday.

Dr Childs' attention to detail has ensured that each of the pieces being played during the band's performance is at the highest level.

Bryan Knight, chairman of the committee, said: "Dr Childs has been fantastic with the band over the weekend.  He has a great rapport with the young players and his reputation as a top conductor, his experience and his demand for perfection has ensured that the band is well prepared for Manchester.  The young players have really enjoyed his work and will all take away a great deal from this weekend."

The organising committee has been working hard to raise funds and, thanks to some generous grants including one from Angus Council Community Grant Fund, the band will travel to Manchester on the weekend of April 19 to compete for the the third year running in the British Youth Brass Band Championships, where they willpete against all the top youth bands from Britain.

The Carnoustie Band was crowned Scottish Youth Champions in November last year and are certainly strong contenders to do well in Manchester.

Prior to going to Manchester, the band will perform its repertoire within St Anne's RC Church, Thomas Street, Carnoustie and the committee hopes that parents, invited guests and members of the public will come to hear the band and support them in their venture.  The concert will take place on the evening of Friday, April 16, starting at 7:30pm and entry will be by donation at the door.

Scottish Champions 2009

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