Orchestral manoeuvres in Campbeltown

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Kintyre deservedly has a great reputation for the musicians it sends into the world.

This week two of them, Fergus Kerr and Stephanie Mitchell, returned with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a six-day residency.

Ms Mitchell is a regular through her work with Campbeltown Grammar School and Campbeltown Brass but for Mr Kerr it was a rare treat.

On Sunday afternoon in Campbeltown Town Hall, he was as surprised as the participants in a quartet to be firstly writing down the words for The Road to Drumleman and then singing it in front of a Kintyre audience.

The realisation that something special was happening began at Tunes for Tots, in the town hall on Saturday, when pre-school youngsters were exposed to some of the best classical musicians in Scotland.

A week ago ticket sales for yesterday’s headline concert Pictures at an Exhibition seemed slow with about 75 sold.

By Sunday it was a sell-out and on Wednesday at CGS the orchestra’s director Dominic Parker said a waiting list had been compiled.