Youth Concert Band showcases talent on Facebook

Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band went live on the Comhairle Facebook page on Saturday night.

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Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band has been showcasing their members’ talent on social media having missed out on performing at the Scottish Finals last year due to the pandemic.

The young musicians went live on the Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Facebook page on Saturday night, March 20.

‘A huge amount of effort goes in to making the band a success and we are pleased to be able to offer a platform for the band to perform,’ said a comhairle spokesperson.

The last minute cancellation of the Scottish Concert band finals last year came as a real blow to the band.

The festival gives an opportunity for bands from all over Scotland to perform a programme of work to each other and to the adjudicators.

Five years ago the band achieved a silver award and in 2019 they reached the esteemed heights of a gold award.

Trumpet player Emily Davidson has been a member of the band since arriving at the Nicolson Institute and has travelled to the Scottish Concert Band finals each year since.

‘The trip is always great fun and we rehearse twice a week in the run up to the competition so we were all disappointed to miss out last year,’ she said.

‘We are proud of this recorded performance and hope people enjoy it.’

Fellow band Member Tom Blunt was able to explain the band’s unique connection with the Ross and Cromarty Mountain Battery Band.

‘They were the first military brass band in Scotland in 1875 and the band originated from Lewis, with many of the band members being former Nicolson pupils. The band fought in WWI and they entertained troops with their fantastic music.

‘A lot of what we do is to commemorate this band. Our current band has quite a connection to this band and we draw inspiration from what they were able to achieve.’

‘I have been a member of the band since I was in P5 as a trumpet player. I am passionate about the band and hope that everyone enjoys this performance.’

Instrumental music teacher and band conductor Gavin Woods said that directing the band had been the greatest highlight of his teaching career so far.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/comhairlenaneileansiar to hear the performance.