Perth Concert Hall was a hive of musical activity last weekend with bands from across Scotland competing in the annual Scottish Brass Band Championships.
Saturday, March 11, saw Arbroath Instrumental Band, under their conductor Michael Robertson, competing in the Second Section of the competition.
Eleven bands competed, playing the test piece “Rhapsody in Brass” by Dean Goffin. The Arbroath Instrumental Band performed last and the adjudicators remarked on the brilliant musical interpretation and the expertise of the musical director, in producing the best performance of the piece they had heard that day. Despite the ‘last-band’ draw, they knocked early leaders Dalkeith and Monktonhall into the runner-up spot.
On the Arbroath Instrumental Band Facebook page, Ann Ness said: “I think they liked our performance! So did we and special thanks to Mike. The adjudicator said we were brilliant!”
This weekend win means that the band have now qualified to compete in the British Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham, on September 16, so some serious fund-raising will now need to begin.
The win comes on top of a trip taking place for the Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band, under their conductor Bob McDonald, to Preston and York at the end of March. The weekend provides the young players with the opportunity to play with the Leyland Band and to rehearse and work with their world-renowned conductor Richard Evans.
Preparations are now getting under way to plan for the British competition in September and fund-raising plans are currently being drawn up by the committee.