Young people from Stranraer Brass have been congratulated after winning Scottish Young Musicians Brass Ensemble of the Year.
The online competition attracted entries from across the country and saw the Stranraer Brass Ensemble win ahead of East Lothian Schools Brass Ensemble and Perth High School Brass Ensemble.
The competition was open to ensembles of up to 10 musicians aged 18 and under who regularly play together at school or in their local marching band. One application was allowed for each local authority, independent school group and youth marching band, and each of the groups were encouraged to hold their own competition to select their final application.
Judges John Wallace, Head of MEPG, Arlene Macfarlane, Director of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, and John Miller, former Head of Winds and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music, agreed that their entry was an extremely enjoyable and full of colors.
The Stranraer Brass Ensemble will receive a sculpture of Alexander Stoddart of the Maid of Morven playing the clarsach, and an all-expenses-paid trip to play a top spot in the Solo Performer of the Year final on Sunday May 29 at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. They will also receive a prize of £750 to spend on ensemble music-related activities, generously donated by Ursula Jones OBE on behalf of her late husband, virtuoso trumpeter Philip Jones CBE.
The awards will be presented at the Scottish Young Musicians Solo Performer of the Year final.
Angela Miller, conductor of Stranraer Brass, said: “I am so proud of these talented young musicians and so happy to see their hard work rewarded. They do honor to themselves; their families and Stranraer Brass and the future looks very bright for them.
John Wallace, head of the Music Education Partnership Group and one of the judges for Brass Ensemble of the Year, said: “I want to directly thank our young Scottish brass and their teachers for an incredibly positive musical experience. Collectively, your performances were brimming with a wonderful sense of enthusiasm, and you all sound really beautiful and wholesome. With young players as full of potential as this one, the future is bright.