North-east showcase for young musical talents

Talented young musicians from the North-east will be performing in concert as Aberdeenshire Music Centre hosts its biannual showcase of senior and junior groups.

The South/Central Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra, South/Central Youth Concert Band, North/Central Aberdeenshire Youth Concert Band and North/Central Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra will appear in a concert at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Wednesday, March 20, at 7.30pm.

The South/Central orchestra will perform a programme including excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, Holst’s The Planets and an arrangement from Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

Music from the movies will also be a feature of the North/Central orchestra, including music from the James Bond films, arrangements of songs from Chicago, and a piece by John Williams written for the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games.

The North/Central concert band will perform a selection of three pieces by Philip Sparke, in a tribute to one of the leading names in wind and brass band composition across the world.

South Aberdeenshire Music Centre’s junior groups will perform on Saturday, March 16 at Mackie Academy, Stonehaven, in two concerts at 10.30am and 11.30am. The North Aberdeenshire junior groups will perform on Saturday, March 23, at Fraserburgh Academy at 11am, and the Central Aberdeenshire junior groups will also perform at 11am on the same day at Inverurie Academy.

Richard Paton, head of Aberdeenshire’s Instrumental Music Service said: “The Aberdeenshire Music Centre concerts will showcase the culmination of the hard work and dedication of our young musicians at various Music Centres across Aberdeenshire.

“The Music Hall concert is particularly special as it brings together the Senior groups from the North and South and will feature our award-winning Youth Concert Band.”

In a further concert date, the South/Central Aberdeenshire Youth Concert Band will be participating in the Scottish Concert Band Festival Finals in Perth on March 23, after picking up a Gold Award at the Festival’s November event. The Mackie Academy Concert Band, who achieved a rare Platinum Award, will also be performing in the finals.

Further information on Aberdeenshire Music Centres can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council website at