Learning from the best

Young musicians from Forfar Instrumental Band have been honing their skills recently with some of the country’s top players.

The five young players recently attending the annual summer course of the National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland (NYBBS).

Molly Crompton from Kirriemuir and big brother Calum are attending for the second time while Samuel Hill from Forfar and Balley Brennan from Dundee are now seasoned veterans.

They will be joined by Andrew Buchan, also from Kirriemuir, who has also several years experience at NYBBS.

Players on this course are divided into three bands according to their ages and ability and they rehearse various programmes under leading conductors.

They also receive additional coaching from some of the best players and teachers in the country.

The course ends with a concert in Dunblane Cathedral.

A band spokesman said: “These young players gain a lot from their week. Their playing abilities are honed and their self confidence is enhanced which helps them make an ever increasing contribution to the Forfar band.”

The standards achieved by the NYBBS bands are high as are the standards of the young players.

Samuel is this year’s Forfar Academy Young Musician of the Year and holder of the school’s W D Bernard Cup while Molly was awarded the Bruce Walker Trophy for the best music student at Northmuir Primary School.