Midlothian concert band strikes gold

The Midlothian Community Concert Band at the Usher Hall Midlothian Festival of Music 2015

The Midlothian Community Concert Band at the Usher Hall Midlothian Festival of Music 2015

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Midlothian’s success in music continued with the county’s community concert band gaining gold at the National Concert Band Festival.

The band, which was established five years ago, was taking part in the Scottish Regional Festival last month when it achieved its award.

The band gained the award after judges listened to a number of areas including the tone quality, tuning and intonation, its rhythmic accuracy and musical interpretation.

The national festival is the UK’s largest wind and big band festival and the Midlothian band is waiting to hear if it will attend a music festival in Manchester next April.

The band is open to children and adults. Its members, of which there are about 50, are aged between 13 and 82 years.

Led by music conductors Stephen Callaghan, David Knox and Barbara Jane Waddell, the amateur band practises once a week, during school term time only, at Newbattle Community High School.

Stephen said: “I was delighted and very proud at the band’s achievement at gaining a Gold award. The band is totally amateur and the dedication from everyone is very humbling.”