North Ayrshire Schools Concert Band hit the right note last week when it won the prestigious Platinum Award at the annual National Concert Band Festival.
Victory at the Scottish competition, held at the City of Edinburgh Music School, means the young North Ayrshire musicians now go forward to the UK final in April 2015 at the Royal College of Music in Manchester.
Commenting on the success of the band, whose members are drawn from schools across North Ayrshire, the local Council’s SNP Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Cllr Alan Hill, said, “North Ayrshire Schools Concert Band once again received recognition for their hard work and commitment to musical excellence. I congratulate them for winning the Platinum Award. Their skill and professionalism shone and the award is well-deserved.”
Adding her congratulations, Mae Murray, Music Service Co-ordinator with North Ayrshire Council, said, “All band members have worked incredibly hard and this is a fantastic result for everyone.”
Matthew Chinn, the Band’s Musical Director is from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Mr Chinn noted, “I was delighted by the performance from all involved in the North Ayrshire Schools Band at the competition in Edinburgh. I always very much welcome the opportunity to work with the aspiring young musicians from across North Ayrshire.
“The Platinum Award is testament to the great work and commitment shown by all of the young musicians, the North Ayrshire Instrumental Music Service and its professional instructors and teachers.”
[Photo: North Ayrshire’s young musicians celebrate winning the Platinum Award at the National Concert Band Festival]