A golden performance in December has earned the Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band a performance spot at the Scottish Concert Band Festival 10th anniversary concert in March.

The youth band, under the direction of Nicolson Institute music teacher Gavin Woods, is classified as a developing youth band by the SCBF organisation.

Because of their island location, the band weren’t asked to travel to Aberdeen for their regional festival grading in November, but instead Alan Friel of the Scottish Concert Band Festival Organisation attended a concert played at Stornoway Town Hall on the evening of November 30th last year.

Mr Friel joined a large and appreciative audience for the concert and evaluated aspects of the band’s performance including rhythm, musicality, melody and the quality of communication between players and conductor. Following the concert he decided that the band merited a Gold Award.

A total of 57 bands have performed for the SCRF across seven regional festivals and now bands which achieved a Gold Award or higher gave been invited to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organisation by performing at the national finals in Perth Concert Hall over the weekend of March 16th and 17th.

The picture shows the Lewis and Harris Youth Concert Band, with conductor Gavin Woods and adjudicator Alan Friel at Stornoway Town Hall in November. (Nicolson Institute).