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Arbroath Musical Festival week begins

Players in the drumkit class at last year's festival-from left — Euan Mannion, Josh Taylor, Nick Emmanuel, and Jude Fraser.
Players in the drumkit class at last year's festival-from left — Euan Mannion, Josh Taylor, Nick Emmanuel, and Jude Fraser.

The 85th annual Arbroath Musical Festival got under way at the Webster Theatre in Arbroath on Monday.

The competitive events continue until Friday, with a concert featuring festival winners and the In Harmony Ladies Choir, and the presentation of blue ribands to top performers from Angus, Dundee and the Mearns.

The initial percussion and piano events saw Ami Conchie, Alice Gall, Aidan McFarlane, and the duet of Laura Martin and Alice Gall pick up wins, with Alice Gall earning a distinction.

Ami Conchie won four classes — drum kit, snare, xylophone and timpani.

Seven-year-old Aidan McFarlane of Carlogie Primary School, Carnoustie won the piano solo competition for under-9s.

Young pianists played for adjudicator Gordon Yeaman of Falkland, a former principal teacher at Anderson High School in Shetland, and music advisor to the Islands Council.

 

Children get ready for the class 63 piano solo competition.
Children get ready for the class 63 piano solo competition.

Competition continued into the evening and the early winners are as follows:

Class 102 drumkit – 1 Ami Conchie, Carnoustie High School 88, 2 Ciaran Kane, Carnoustie HS 87, 3=Euan Mannion, St John’s RC Dundee and Adam Thomson, Carnoustie HS 86.

Class 103 snare drum – 1 Ami Conchie, Carnoustie HS 87; 2 Catie Mathieson 85, 3 Saul McGivney 84.

Class 104 tuned percussion – 1 Ami Conchie 87, 2 Catie Mathieson 85, 3 Corbie Smith 84.

Class 62 piano solo under 9 years – 1 Aidan McFarlane, Carnoustie 174, 2= Carla Christie, Carnoustie and Ewan Findlay, Broughty Ferry 173.

Class 63 piano solo ages 9 to 11 years – 1 Alice Gall, Monifieth 180; 2 Joe Christie, Carnoustie 178; 3= Joe Barry, Inverbervie and Abbey Robertson, Monifieth 175.

Class 75 piano duet under 10 years – 1 Laura Martin/Alice Gall, Monifieth 173; 2 Carla Christie/Alice Miller-Richardson, Carnoustie and Monikie 168.

 

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