The Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band are heading for Perth in March to take part in the the Scottish Concert Band Festival 10th Anniversary National Finals.
The group of 38 young people, from various schools around the islands, won a coveted place in the finals after being presented with a Gold Award by SCBF adjudicator Alan Friel, who attended a concert held by the band in Stornoway last November.
The Scottish Concert Band Festival is a national organisation which for the past 10 years has organised an annual wind band festival for young people consisting of seven regional heats followed by a final in Perth.
This year 57 bands have taken part in the heats with 26 school bands going through to the finals. There is no overall winner – instead the purpose is to encourage each band towards higher achievement and to showcase the best of Scotland’s talent.
Gavin Woods, band Conductor said, ‘Only those bands which achieved a Gold Award or above are invited to take part in the finals so it is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the young people involved that the band are on our way to Perth, where we hope to improve upon our performance last November.’
Rhys Macritchie, 5th year pupil at the Nicolson Institute and Principal Trumpet with the band agreed, saying, ‘We’d like to win a Platinum Award this time, but we’d be happy with a Gold Plus!’
The Scottish Concert Band Festival National finals take place at Perth Concert Hall over the weekend of 16th and 17th March.
The picture shows the Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band members outside the Perth Concert Hall in March 2018.