Young players showcase talents

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The Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band held their annual concert on last Friday in the Panbride Church Hall in Carnoustie.

The concert opened with ‘Cool Cat Blues’ and included themes from ‘Dangermouse’, the Madness hit ‘Baggy Trousers’, a beautifully lyrical and sensitive rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’ and a rousing arrangement of ‘Loch Lomond’ to finish.

The concert also featured some wonderful solo playing from Gavin Lee on cornet, Marcello Rufo (euphonium), Ethan Doherty (horn) and Holly Bennett, the current Scottish Champion aged 12, who plays baritone and Chris Flynn, current Scottish Champion 12-16 age group, who played euphonium.

Two ensembles also took part in the entertainment for the evening. The band has 40 members ranging from nine years to 16 years and is conducted by Ann Ness.

All are taught by Mr Michael Robertson, musical director of the senior Arbroath Instrumental Band and the former British Youth Brass Band Champions, Carnoustie and District Youth Band.

At the end of the concert a presentation of the Vic Lewis Memorial Cup was awarded to the most improved player in the Youth Band. The cup was in memory of a former long term member and president of the band and was presented by his widow, Emily Lewis to the young horn player Ethan Doherty.

Conductor Ann Ness said: “These young people show immense dedication and commitment to performing at such a high standard. Credit must go to their teacher Mr Michael Robertson and the inspiration and quality of teaching that he provides. I have the easy job of pulling them all together at the end of the day but the real work is done at home and in their lessons.”

The band will be having its usual featured spot at the Arbroath Instrumental Band concert in the Webster Theatre on Friday, August 29, at 7.30 p.m.