21 young brass players from the Lochaber Area were recently involved in the opening concert of the internationally renowned Loch Shiel Festival.
The concert had the title ‘Inverted Fanfare’ as it featured 3 tubas as the soloists and was held under the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. The soloists were Danielle Price, graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Mark Reynolds, local Brass Instructor and Antony Hook, former pupil of Lochaber High School and young artist in residence at this years festival.
The youngsters from Spean Bridge and Banavie Primary schools as well as Lochaber High School performed 3 works which were all world premieres. The first one was an arrangement of Kenneth Mackellar’s song, the midges, which of course as synonymous with the Highlands and particularly Glenfinnan. The two other works were original pieces for trumpets, trombones and the tubas featured as the soloists.
These pieces were very accessible for performers and audience alike and were a real highlight of what turned out to be a very successful and memorable concert.
The Artistic Director of the festival, another former pupil of Lochaber High School, Duncan Strachan, was very impressed by the musicality and professionalism of the young brass players, saying ‘the students were a real credit to you and the school- not only behaved like model professionals, but they were so good natured, held their nerve under pressure and played brilliantly. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to them all.’