Pupils entertain at Christmas concerts

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*AROUND 300 young musicians from across the county recently performed in the annual Angus schools’ bands and orchestras concerts.

Intensive weekly rehearsals began in September and culminated in a musical extravaganza over two evenings in the Reid Hall, Forfar and St Andrew’s Parish Church, Arbroath.

Young string, woodwind, brass and percussion players from 10 to 15 years old took to the stage in the Reid Hall to rapturous applause and performed a dazzling programme ranging from Bach to Batman. The audience was also treated to a toe-tapping bagpipe performance from Timothy Ness of Monifieth High School.

The following evening, players of the senior string orchestra and wind band performed to a full house in St Andrew’s Parish Church in Arbroath.

Friends, family and members of the public enjoyed a varied and entertaining programme with touching moments of Mendelssohn, bouncing melodies of Herb Alpert, sing-along hits of Stevie Wonder and the raw power of Rage Against the Machine.

Also featured in the evening were two superb singers from Forfar Academy, Gemma Geekie and Ella Claperton, who were accompanied by head of expressive arts Malcolm Dowie, and the Carnoustie High School brass quintet, who are tutored by brass instructor Michael Robertson.

The young musicians are now taking a break until March when the Angus Youth Orchestra will be preparing for a concert on March 27 in Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre.