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April Concert

Saturday 21st April saw all three bands take to the stage at Bathgate Academy for a pre-season concert. The Grade 1 band have been practicing extremely hard to ensure they are 100% ready for the competition season ahead and whilst they have an extensive new repertoire, they largely kept their powder dry for the Forte Concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in August later this year. As a result, the primary focus of this concert was the organisation’s two Juvenile bands.

The Novice band opened the concert in great style with a number of new members taking to the stage for the first time. They produced a great performance, showing great maturity for such a young band. The Juvenile band then took to the stage as the main focus of the first half. They produced a great sound and a varied set including an outstanding solo from Aimee Craig, a set of Waltzes, some 3/4 Marches, a set of reels and a very musical MSR which will surely stand them in good stead for the first major of the season at Dumbarton in four weeks time. The Juvenile band was also ably accompanied by Grade 1 members, Gavin Orr (on djembe) and Gavin Burns (on bass guitar).

The second half was opened by the Grade 1 band under the leadership of P/S Ross Harvey for the day. This was Ross’ first time leading the band at an event of this size (with P/M Ross Walker attending a wedding) and he took to the task like a natural. The Grade 1 band featured 3 new sets that they will play at the pre-world’s concert in August including a new set of jigs and a new set of hornpipes. They finished with an excellent rendition of their updated 2012 competition medley which includes a fantastic new arrangement of Seonaid’s Tune as a slow air and a tweaked version of the Glasgow Police Pipers which gives a great climax to the medley. The Novice band then returned to the stage before the concert was closed with another excellent performance from the Juvenile band.

This set of tunes began with their new competition medley (which was very well received by the sizable audience) and was followed up another set of reels before an excellent whistle set from two of our new members, Craig Davidson and Scott Young. The whole band then returned with a set of 6/8 Marches before rounding out the concert in great style with a set of jigs including a new arrangement of the traditional strathspey, The Bob of Fettercairn. 

Overall it was great to see all three bands in such fine form ahead of the competition season and it was great to get a taste of the sort of material we can expect from the Grade 1 band come August. That said, the Grade 1 band were keen to assure everyone that the best sets are yet to be heard, so the Forte concert must be shaping up to be a great show!

Posted by Robbert van Gorp on 04/25 at 10:03 PM in


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