Gala concert is tonight

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ARBROATH Instrumental Band are tuning up for their annual gala concert tonight (Friday).

The band will perform in St Andrews Church, Arbroath from 7.30 p.m. under musical director Michael Robertson.

There is a definite sense of ‘Britishness’ to this year’s concert, with the recent Olympics providing a fitting backdrop.

With this in mind, a few of the solos definitely have a patriotic feel to them with a fanfare on British sea songs, Pomp and Circumstance March and a London Celebration included in the programme as well as the Olympic fanfare and theme.

In keeping with the focus on youth, which has been prevalent in the Olympic Games this year, all of the soloists featured on the night are senior members of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS).

The band are delighted to have Gregory Chaplain, deputy principal cornet player, Peter Jackson, principal baritone and Liam McKay, principal percussionist with NYBBS, all within the ranks of Arbroath Instrumental Band and the audience will be treated to the very best in virtuoso playing from all three.

Joining the band again this year will be the Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band, performing to an exceptionally high standard under the baton of Ann Ness, principal cornet player.

The standard of this band is all the more amazing considering the average age is 12.

Tickets costing £10 or £8 for concessions are available from MacDougalls, High Street, Carnoustie, or The Pageant, Kirk Square, Arbroath.

They are also available by contacting Alison Robertson on 01241 411051, Ann Ness on 01241 411138 or alternatively at the door on the evening of the concert.

Last year the youth band came a very creditable second place in the development section against 18 other bands.

They also recently held their own very successful concert in Carnoustie which raised nearly £500 for band funds.

And while many brass bands in Britain are struggling to recruit players, the Arbroath Instrumental Band is currently thriving with youth playing a very prominent part.