Carnoustie and District
Youth Brass Band

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March 2012

 

YOUNG BRASS PLAYERS SHINE AT MASTERCLASS

 

The forty two members of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band have spent the past weekend at Carnoustie High School being put through their paces by Dr. Nicholas Childs, the conductor of the world famous Black Dyke Brass Band.

The band is currently preparing its programme for the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain which take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 22nd April 2012. Last year the band won the Premier Section in what is the oldest youth brass band event in the world and by far the most prestigious banding event in the calendar for British youth bands. To return this year and retain their title will be a difficult task but the band members are giving it their all to remain British Champions.

The Premier Section, which is the top section, will this year consist of eight bands that will each perform a twenty minute programme. All bands must play the allocated test piece which is ‘Oceans’ by Goff Richards.

The band has been rehearsing for months for these championships under the baton of Mr. Michael Robertson who continues to work wonders with his young musicians. Dr. Childs has been in Carnoustie for intensive rehearsals on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday to put some finishing touches to the pieces and offer his extensive experience of performing at the very highest level. This is his third year of coming to Carnoustie and Dr. Childs has been extremely impressed with the quality and professionalism of the band but even more importantly, the young players’ positive attitude and dedication to perform their very best.

The band has enjoyed some great success since its formation in 2008 and to be at the top of youth banding in such a short period of time is oustanding bearing in mind that they have been competing against bands that have been in existence for decades.

The band has won the hearts of the Angus Community which has been extremely supportive of them and the band would like to thank the residents of Angus and further afield for their support over the years. Some of the local businesses and organisations have also been very generous in supporting the band financially. This year the band would like to thank the Rotary Club of Abertay and Connelly and Yeoman solicitors for their financial support without which the trips to Manchester to compete in the Championships would be extremely difficult.

The band would also like to thank Mr. Booth, the Head Teacher at Carnoustie High School, for providing the school for the band’s rehersals over the weekend with Dr. Childs.

The band will play a concert on Friday 20th April in St. Anne’s Church, Thomas Street, Carnoustie starting at 7.30pm. Bryan Knight, the chair of the organising committee, says, “At last year’s concert we had a capacity audience to hear the band and we hope to repeat that this year. Entry is free and we hope that as many people as possible will give up an hour of their time to come and hear what is an exceptional group of young musicians and give them the final boost that they need before heading off to Manchester the following morning for the Championships.

 

The band with Nick Childs

 

National Champions 2011


National Champions 2011

(Premier Section)

Scottish Champions 2010


Scottish Champions 2010


(Premier Section)
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