The young Lewis and Harris musicians were delighted to receive their Silver Award

Gaelic music has made its debut at the National Concert Band Festival as young talented island musicians from the Lewis and Harris Concert Band, and members of the Lewis and Harris Pipe Band, scooped a regional Silver Award at the 2017 Festival recently.

Established over 30 years ago, the National Concert Band Festival is now recognised as the largest and most active Festival for wind instrument musicians throughout the UK; and delivers the model and bench-mark for quality music making for wind bands and big bands.

The Western Isles entry to the National Concert Band Festival – performed by secondary age pupils from across Lewis and Harris – was filmed in the ballroom of Lews Castle, and presented Gaelic music to the annual competition for the first time in the Festival's history.

And the young musicians' efforts were rewarded in a National Concert Band Festival Silver Award.

Conductor Gavin Woods said: “The Band, as you can see from the photo, were absolutely delighted with the Silver award, especially when you consider that there were over 55 entries from across Scotland.

“Hughina Naylor, one of the two adjudicators of our performance, commented – 'I must sincerely congratulate you on your incredible work. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the musicians to play together and perform',” he added.

Mr Woods, a Music Instructor at The Nicolson Institute, thanked Marcus Carrington from Lews Castle for allowing use of the Castle ballroom; as well as Evelyn Coul, Alick Matheson and John MacDonald for filming the band's entry; The Nicolson Institute Rector Frances Murray and Rector of e-Sgoil Angus Maclennan, and all the talented youngsters who took part in the award winning performance.

The full band which scooped the Silver Award for their performance, filmed on location at Lews Castle