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Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships - Report

 

The Perth Concert hall was a hive of musical activity over the weekend (26th/27th Nov)and thirty five youth brass bands battled it out for the various section titles.

The top Premier section took place on Sunday afternoon where five bands competed for the title of Scottish Youth Champions. The past two years this title has been won by the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band (CDYBB) and this year they were trying for three in a row. Previous to the CDYBB’s rise to the top spot, the title was won four years consecutively by West Lothian School Band, so rivalry has been fierce over the past few years.

Both bands as usual played extremely competently in the competition but on this occasion the judges preferred West Lothian’s lighter carnival type program to the more serious and technically difficult programme played by Carnoustie.

The Carnoustie band played five pieces in their programme beginning with ‘Enter The Galaxies by Paul Lovatt-Cooper’. This was followed by a beautiful slow piece called ‘Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann’. The third piece was a Scottish premier and was a bass trombone solo performed by Joe Walters. The piece was called ‘James Brown In The Twilight Zone by Christopher Brubeck’ and was arranged specifically for brass band accompaniment by Joe himself. Their penultimate piece was ‘Elegy by Leigh Baker’ and the band finished their programme playing part of the test piece which won them the British Championships in April this year called ‘Fanfares and Love Songs by Gavin Higgins’.

Whilst this result was disappointing for the young players several of whom were making their competition debut with the band, the chair of the organising committee Bryan Knight praised the efforts of the band, he said, “The band have done exceptionally well over the past three years winning the Scottish Championships two years running and then the British Championship this year. Sunday’s result was down to the preference of the judges on the day and they preferred the lighter programme of the West Lothian Band. We will look forward to next year to try and regain the Scottish title. There are 47 registered youth bands in Scotland, so to be in the top two is still a great achievement”.

The band have a lot to look forward to over the next few months and are preparing for their BBC television appearance on Christmas Eve followed by their BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year Performance in Manchester at the end of January.

The band will have the opportunity to go head to head with West Lothian, as well as the other top Premier Section Bands form across the UK, when they compete in the British Championships at Manchester in April 2012. Hopefully they can reverse Sunday’s result on this occasion.

 

National Champions 2011


National Champions 2011

(Premier Section)

Scottish Champions 2010


Scottish Champions 2010


(Premier Section)
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