Kintyre success at Mid Argyll’s 40th music festival

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By Hannah O’Hanlon

No strangers to Mid Argyll Music Festival success, musicians from Campbeltown Brass hit all the right notes at the 40th competition.

Members of the band took the most silverware back to Kintyre, sweeping the boards in some classes at the recent contest at Lochgilphead Joint Campus.

Campbeltown Brass won the open section, picking up the Gifford Bowl for the highest mark gained by a choir or band.

Campbeltown Brass Intermediate triumphed in the senior bands section, pipping Kintyre Schools Wind Band to the top spot by half a mark, while Campbeltown Brass Juniors won the junior section.

Band members also blew their way to success in individual classes, with Jamie Colville taking first place in the brass solo (S1 to 3) section, winning the Co-operative Membership Cup for the highest mark in solo brass. Rona Campbell placed second in that class, with Kyle Paterson and Andrew Colville in joint third place.

It was a clean sweep in the primary class as well. Charlie Colville placed first, with Mae Barr and Grace McTaggart in second, and Kirstie Renton and Sean West in third.

The top two places were taken by Campbeltown Brass members in the brass solo section (S4 to 6), with Amy Paterson first and Andrew McMillan second.

Duos also swept the board, with Jack and Rona Campbell taking top prize in the secondary instrumental duet class, with Andrew and Jamie Colville in second and Andrew McMillan and Caius Walker in third. Cara McFadzean and Annie Watson picked up the trophy for the best primary instrumental duet.

Campbeltown Brass A was first in the primary ensembles section, with Campbeltown Brass B, which won the intermediate ensemble (S1 to 3) class, placing second. Quartet Suen Yee Walker, Hannah Oman, Amy Paterson and Rebecca Semple won the open instrumental ensemble.

Flautist Taylor McMillan, nine, from Tangy, was among the other Kintyre musicians who prevailed, winning the woodwind solo class for beginners with her rendition of Annie’s Song.

Musicians from Tarbert also excelled with seven-year-old Bella Derevyankin winning the piano solo grade two class, and Tarbert Academy’s Morven Paisley winning the Argyll and Bute District Council Cup for woodwind solo, S4 to 6.

To see more photographs of Kintyre’s prize-winning musicians, turn to pages 16 and 17.

Campbeltown Brass, winners of the open section, picked up the Gifford Bowl for the highest mark gained by a choir or band. 51_c14musicfestival03