Bands head for national final after festival gold

Two Aberdeenshire youth bands are heading to the national final of an event after taking gold at local level.

At the Scottish Concert Band Festival at Cults Academy on Sunday, the South Central Aberdeenshire Music Centre won a gold award and the entertainment award in the Youth Wind Band Class.

Conducted by brass instructor, Bruce Wallace, the band impressed the adjudicators with a staged rendition of the ‘Rage’ from band name ‘Rage Against the Machine’.

The Mackie Academy Concert Band also took a gold award, in the Achieving School Wind Band class. Their fine performance, showing excellent intonation and ensemble was under the direction of woodwind instructor Sarah Gove.

Their repertoire included works such as Solara by Eric Osterling, Highlights from The Chronicles of Narnia by Harry Gregson-Williams with arrangement by Jay Bocook, the old Scottish melody Auld Lang Syne and Creed by William Himes.

Both bands have now been invited to take part in the National Final of the Scottish Concert Band Festival on Sunday, March 18 at Perth Concert Hall.