Musicians hit right notes at competition

Young musicians, from left - Rhiannon Grant, Aidan Whittaker, Peter Ney and Robert Anderson.
Young musicians, from left - Rhiannon Grant, Aidan Whittaker, Peter Ney and Robert Anderson.

On Tuesday, June 3, Robert Anderson, Rhiannon Grant, Peter Ney and Aidan Whittaker competed in the final of Arbroath High’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition.

Each player performed two contrasting pieces on their respective instruments to an elated audience.

Peter, who has just completed his fifth year at Arbroath High School, was announced the overall winner by judge Christine Jackson, who is faculty head of Expressive Arts at Brechin High School.

Peter performed ‘Overture’ on Drum Kit and ‘Caprice’ on Marimba; demonstrating a high level of skill on both tuned and untuned percussion instruments.

While Mrs Jackson contemplated the result of the competition, a group of third year pupils entertained the audience to an uplifting programme of Latin American music.

This was an opportunity for them to showcase the work that they have carried out during class time this year.

The group performed two well-known classics on various instruments before coming together as a Samba band.

Carnival hats and neck pieces designed by third year Art students were displayed around the hall to complement the performance.

When Mrs Jackson returned to deliver the verdict, she spoke extremely highly of all our competitors.

She talked of their accomplished performances and the high degree of musicality they each showed.

They have all made an outstanding contribution to the Music department this year.

Peter regularly performs with local ensembles and has recently passed his grade 8 Drum Kit exam. He is now working towards sitting the same high level on Tuned Percussion. Peter’s performance exemplified the hard work and dedication that he shows in his approach to all aspects of Music.

All the staff at Arbroath are extremely proud of the achievements of our young musicians!

french Work Experience : Brooke Hood, a third year pupil at Arbroath High, spent a week in South West France in Albi at Collège Aristide Bruant, shadowing two of the teachers - Mrs Lundbye and Miss Sajas - who came to Scotland at the end of March, as part of the Franco-Scottish school exchange.

Brooke was able to experience how English is taught in France, as one day she is hoping to teach English as a foreign language.

Brooke said that she had an “amazing time” and would recommend it. While she was there, she had the opportunity to practise her French with her French exchange pen pal, Marion, and to visit the main sights such as the cathedral, the Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lapérouse museums. Brooke hopes to visit Albi again.