Scottish Youth Festival - live coverage and results

Sunday 25 November 2018

After a thoroughly enjoyable day at Perth Concert Hall, its congratulations to all 28 bands for an excellent display of music-making.

Further congratulations to the winning bands – Campbeltown Brass Juniors (Preparatory), Perthshire Youth Brass (Novice), Riverside Youth (Development) and Scottish Borders Youth (Senior) and, indeed, to all the players, conductors, parents, helpers and members of SBBA for being involved in such a great event.

Unfortunately, problems with the website server towards the end of the day prevented the live commentary from being completed successfully. This also meant we were unable to provide updates during the Senior Section contest. SBBA would like to apologise for this inconvenience, unfortunately outwith our control.

The full results from Sunday’s contest are as follows:

YOUNG BANDS SECTION

Adjudicators: David Thornton and Raymond Tennant

0 Gorbals Youth Brass Ensemble (Lauren McCormick) Young Bands Silver

1 Irvine and Dreghorn Community (John Boax) Preparatory Gold 2

2 Riverside Youth (Mark Good) Development Gold 1

3 Arbroath Instrumental Youth (Robert McDonald) Young Bands Gold

4 Bathgate Youth (Stewart Brines) Development Bronze

5 St. Ronan's Future (David Robb) Development Silver

6 Levern Valley Community Brass (Brian Deans) Development Gold

7 Dalmellington Brass Academy (Karin McKenzie) Preparatory Silver

8 Hazlehead Academy Brass (Young Bands) withdrawn

9 Broxburn and Livingston Future Brass (Jim Bone) Novice Gold

10 Brass Central Strathearn Development (Tom Smith) Novice Bronze

11 Bo'ness and Carriden (Dianne Waugh) Young Bands Silver

12 Campbeltown Brass Juniors (Stephanie Mitchell) Preparatory Gold 1

13 Campbeltown Brass Intermediate (Katrina Barr) Development Gold 2

14 Penny Brass (Tony Cripps) Young Bands Bronze

15 Abbey Brass (Stuart Black) Novice Gold 2

16 Coalburn Bronze (David Fehilly) Preparatory Bronze

17 St. John's RC High School Brass (Audrey Bird) Novice Silver

18 Penicuik Junior (Eric Robertson) Novice Silver

19 Galashiels Junior (Stuart Black) Preparatory Silver

20 Perthshire Youth Brass (George D Annan) Novice Gold 1

21 Stranraer Brass Junior (Angela Miller) Novice Silver

22 Galashiels Youth (Stuart Black) Development Silver

23 St. David’s Youth (Sam Denton) Novice Bronze

24 Perth and Kinross Junior (William McMullan) Preparatory Bronze

25 Kirkintilloch Youth (Katherine Adams) Young Bands Gold

SENIOR SECTION

Adjudicator: Katrina Marzella

1 Scottish Borders Youth Brass (Alan Fernie) Gold 1

2 Whitburn Youth (Caroline Farren) Bronze

3 Loanhead Brass Youth (Alan Fernie) Silver

 

 

25 Kirkintilloch Youth (Katherine Adams) - Young Bands

The rousing Blaze Away march gets the young Kirky kids off to a flying start under Katherine Adams before changing the mood with Charles Parry's hymn tune, Repton. The youngsters certainly seem to enjoy the closing number - Misirlou from Pulp Fiction fame, played at a great tempo - well done trombones!!

24 Perth & Kinross Junior Brass (William McMullan) - Preparatory

We lost count at 50 as the local heroes streamed onto the Perth Concert Hall stage! And what a great noise they made - music from Mussorgsky, Robbie Williams and, of course, the fantastic Alan Fernie with his Lion, King of the Jungle test-piece. A crowd favourite was most definitely ABBA's Lay All Your Love on Me while the band definitely enjoyed the Ghostbusters finale. (Unfortunately, no pictures were permitted of Perth & Kinross)

23 St. David's Youth (Sam Denton) - Novice

Do-Re-Mi and My Favourite Things are followed by two Alan Fernie numbers; Amazing Grace and The Saints – good trombones here, well done. Music from the big screen follows with selections from Mary Poppins and Pirates of the Caribbean before Ghostbusters completes a great set from St. David's.

22 Galashiels Youth (Stuart Black) - Development

Galashiels Youth and the omni-present Stuart Black kick off with A Caribbean Holiday. Fernie's Tartan Heart is an excellent blend of Scottish folk tunes while Richard Rock's Elegy from the Hidden Soul of Harmony is a haunting cornet solo, beautifully played by Freya McLeman - bravo! Bach's Toccata in D minor brings another entertaining programme to a close.

21 Stranraer Brass Junior (Angela Miller) - Novice

Stranraer, a fantastic 35 in number, opens with the set work, Alan Fernie's The Saints and continues with two more Fernie works; Amazing Grace and Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins. The Bear Necessities from The Jungle Book completes the programme. A well-drilled outfit, lots of great ensemble playing.

20 Perthshire Youth Brass (George D Annan) - Novice

Local favourites Perthshire Youth up next under the kilted George Annan performing a locally inspired set. An Lia Fail (The Stone of Scone) receives its first airing - written by senior band euphonium Jason Blyth who also penned the following piece, The Angel's Share - evocative music indeed! The set work, The Saints, receives a special rendition - the connection being St. Johnstone FC! Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a groovy band favourite - well played! Perthshire rounds of a great set with Uptown Funk.

19 Galashiels Junior Band (Stuart Black) - Preparatory

Galashiels opens with the Lion, King of the Jungle set test before featuring soprano with La Califfa - well played young man! Lets Twist Again is next, great tempo here MD, and we're loving the red P-Bone! The final movement from the band's own Gala Suite (Alan Fernie) is played from memory - superb!!

18 Penicuik Junior (Eric Robertson) - Novice

Prismatic Light gets another airing, this time from the 14-strong Penicuik Junior Band. The Saints follows, showing off some fine cornet sounds. Another Fernie arrangement, specially written for Penicuik, completes the programme and sees the entire ensemble burst into song with Call it Alba - wonderful stuff, bravo!

17 St. John's RC High School (Audrey Bird) - Novice

St. John's kids kick off with the march Death or Glory, another popular Fernie arrangement. Some terrific tuba playing follows in Swing with the Mountain King before finishing off with Fernie's Disney Matter which features excerpts from Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, amongst others. Well done to all, lots of spirited playing!

 

 

16 Coalburn Bronze (David Fehilly) - Preparatory

The Alan Fernie set work Lion, King of the Jungle is the centrepiece to Coalburn's programme, having started with a theme from Batman and gentle lullaby Stay Quiet My Baby. Fernie's Brass with Class precedes the upbeat Deep Purple number Smoke on the Water with the Coalburn kids in full flight!

15 Abbey Brass (Stuart Black) - Novice

Jedburgh's Abbey Brass get off and running with Alan Fenie's Prismatic Light where the percussion add to the flavour. Cornet team is featured in the beautiful hymn tune, Sandon. Alan Fernie features again (Seriously, where would we be without Alan's arrangements?) with The Saints test-piece and African Funk - Abbey's players are loving this one!

14 Penny Brass (Tony Cripps) Young Bands

This young quintet deliver three fantastic pieces from Volume 1 of the Jock McKenzie Collection, namely Chorale, Mini March and the excellently delivered Gentle River. So good to see such a small young group make the effort to perform at a setting like this - well done MD and musicians!

 

 

13 Campbeltown Brass Intermediate (Katrina Barr) - Development

Clogdance opens the set followed by Morricone's Gabriel's Oboe featuring fantastic contributions from cornet and flugel horn. Excerpts from Pirates of the Caribbean shows off the fantastic precision, balance and tunefulness of this group - bravo! Principal cornet steals the show with beautifully played The Wye at Hereford from A Malvern Suite. The Bruce Fraser test-piece Caribbean Holiday ends with a bang! Great job.

Comfort break time here in Perth as the fabulous Salford Graduation Band entertains the healthy Perth crowd. We had twelve excellent performances this morning and we are sure of more of the same after the break - stay tuned for live updates, starting with Campbeltown Brass Intermediate in about twenty minutes.

12 Campbeltown Brass Juniors (Stephanie Mitchell) - Preparatory

Some beautiful sounds coming from this well-trained Campbeltown outfit, their short performance of Alan Fernie's Chorale is quite something from such a young group - bravo MD and band! Sleigh Bells brings some early festive cheer while the band continues with the set test, Alan Fernie's Lion, King of the Jungle. Si Bheag Si Mhor is gorgeous, well done trombone soloist! Ghostbusters closes an amazing set.

11 Bo'ness and Carriden (Dianne Waugh) - Young Bands

A lively Lennon & McCartney classic I Wanna Hold Your Hand opens the Bo'ness set which also includes Andy Norman's Guava Guy and Beethoven's Ode to Joy - a diverse programme showing off all the capabilities of a young brass band! Mbale Magic follows before the excellent programme concludes with Crocodile Rock.

 

10 Brass Central Strathearn Development Band (Tom Smith) - Novice

Another great set from the Strathearn youngsters which includes the set test for novices, The Saints and Alan Fernie favourite Cheesy Feet and Let Me Entertain You from Robbie Williams. The finale is Can We Fix It, the infamous Bob the Builder theme tune - an absolute band favourite, it appears! Well done all.

 

9 Broxburn and Livingston Future Brass (Jim Bone) - Novice

A truly magical set from the novices from Broxburn and Livingston - recently established under the guidance of SBBA Education Officer John Boax. The set test The Saints follows a lively opener from Mission Impossible. Fernie's Disney Matter follows and then the back row cornets feature in an excellent Londonderry Air which segues into a Last Post. Another to use an accompanying slideshow, B&L ends with This is Me from The Greatest Showman film. Fab stuff!

8 Hazelhead Academy Brass - withdrawn

7 Dalmellington Youth Academy (Karin McKenzie)  - Preparatory

A great set from Dalmellington which started with Alan Fernie's Prismatic Light and included music from the Jungle Book and Pulp Fiction. Some fine percussion work and excellent ensemble playing here, a credit to the Musical Director, bravo!

6 Levern Valley Community Brass (Brian Deans) - Development

Levern Valley opens with the Ray Steadman-Allen march Exultation and includes an excellent horn feature and a Ray Woodfield arrangement of music from In the Hall of the Mountain King before continuing with a committed rendition of the set test-piece for the Development Section, Bruce Fraser's Caribbean Holiday. George of the Jungle concludes an entertaining set.

5 St. Ronan's Future (David Robb) - Development

St. Ronan's programme begins withToccata before changing the mood with an excellent Moon Shadow by Alan Fernie. Lots of precise playing in this set which ends with the Rocky theme Gonna Fly Now.

4 Bathgate Youth (Stewart Brines) - Development

Bathgate includes an excellent PowerPoint backdrop to its Remembrance-themed programme which includes the James Bond theme, Nimrod and Caribbean Holiday before finishing with the regimental march Death or Glory. Stirring stuff!

 

3 Arbroath Instrumental Youth (Robert McDonald) - Young Bands

Alan Fernie's Prismatic Light gets Arbroath off to a flyer before this 32-strong outfit get stuck into a sonorous Highland Cathedral and end with an obvious band favourite from Madness lead singer Suggs - Baggy Trousers! A real foot-tapper to finish with, played at just the right tempo! Oh wait a minute - there's an encore! An unanticpated Can Can completes the Arbroath set.

 

 

2 Riverside Youth (Mark Good) Development

 

What an entrance from Riverside Youth as they samba on to the stage and perform Caribbean Holiday without conductor. This excellent ensemble include the Manchester bombing tribute, Andy Cook's Manchester and a fabulous Harry James Trumpet Concerto from Alan Hunter before finishing up with the impressive Starburst by Dan Price.

1 Irvine and Dreghorn Community Youth Band (John Boax) - Preparatory

 

Great stuff from the Irvine kids with programme including Alan Fernie's Cheesy Feet Rock and Gary Young's Marching Marines.

 

1a Gorbals Youth Brass Ensemble (Lauren McCormick) Young bands

 

A great start to our day sees the Gorbals Youth Brass Ensemble open with Aztec Fire before moving on to When You Wish Upon a Star before finishing up with band favourite Ghostbusters.

 

Welcome along to Perth Concert Hall for coverage of the Scottish Youth Festival which sees 26 bands taking part in various sections, some competing, some not. First band on stage hoping to impress judges David Thornton and Raymond Tennant are the Gorbals Youth Brass Ensemble.

1a. Gorbals Youth Brass Ensemble

1. Irvine and Dreghorn Community Youth (Preparatory)

2. Riverside Youth (Development)

3. Arbroath Instrumental Youth (Young Bands)

4. Bathgate Youth (Development)

5. St. Ronan's Future (Development)

6. Levern Valley Community Brass (Development)

7. Dalmellington Brass Academy (Preparatory)

8. Hazlehead Academy Brass (Young Bands)

9. Broxburn and Livingston Future Brass (Novice)

10. Brass Central Strathearn Development (Novice)

11. Bo'ness and Carriden (Young Bands)

12. Campbeltown Brass Juniors (Preparatory)

Adjudicators’ break

Performance from Salford University Graduation Band (Brett Baker)

13. Campbeltown Brass Intermediate (Development)

14. Penny Brass (Young Bands)

15. Abbey Brass (Novice)

16. Coalburn Bronze (Preparatory)

17. St. John's High School R.C. Brass (Novice)

18. Penicuik Junior (Novice)

19. Galashiels Junior (Development)

20. Perthshire Youth Brass (Novice)

21. Stranraer Brass Junior (Novice)

22. Galashiels Youth (Development)

23. St. David’s Youth (Novice)

24. Perth and Kinross Junior Brass (Preparatory)

25. Kirkintilloch Youth (Novice)

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