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Both bands continue fine form at Forres!

Last weekend saw both of our bands in competitive action at the European Championships at Forres. Given the distance involved, we elected to travel up on the Friday in preparation for the contest the next day. After excellent results at the first championship of the season with the Novice band lifting the British Championships and the Grade 1 band finishing 2nd, both bands were very keen to build on their strong start to the season.

This was the first time we have competed in Forres in recent years and this year’s venue of Grant Park turned out to be a great success. The weather also played it’s part with cloudy, but relatively warm temperatures providing great piping conditions.

The Novice Juvenile band were first up, competing 11th in what is an increasingly strong grade (this time also featuring Scotch College from Melbourne, Australia). With the additional pressure of having won the first championship, it was clear that all of our youngsters were incredibly focused and desperate to produce a performance that would give them a chance of winning another championship. Despite this pressure they did not disappoint and produced a performance that showed another improvement from Bathgate and was ultimately awarded 2nd place behind local rivals George Watson’s College. Well done to all involved.

The Grade 1 band then had a long wait before competing as the final band of the day. With the benefit of a recent trip to Canada, the band was in fine form and was really looking forward to trying to go one better than the championship at Bathgate. The band drew their number one medley, “Sam O’Rye, The Lark in the Morning, The Queen of the Rushes, Sad the Parting, Strathconnon, Duncan Lamont and Sir Brian Vallely of Armagh” which you can hear below courtesy of “dronechorus”. The band were pleased with another very strong performance and ultimately finished in 3rd place overall whilst also taking another 1st place in ensemble.

Both bands will now look forward to the Scottish Championships in Dumbarton at the end of July, with the Novice band also competing at Melrose on Saturday 20th July in the meantime.


Posted by Andrew Ray on 07/05 at 12:27 PM in Homepage


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