Anne is in golden command

West Lothian Schools Brass band winners
West Lothian Schools Brass band winners

West Lothian Schools Brass Band has taken gold at the Scottish Brass Band Youth Championships.

The band clinched the top trophy in the Senior Section at Perth Concert Hall recently, their first competition under new conductor Anne Crookston. Over 60 bands from across Scotland took part in the contest.

The bands tenor horn player, Hunter Leonard, from Linlithgow, said: “It was an amazing feeling when we realised we had won.”

They played a varied and entertaining programme to win the award, including an excellent performance of the classic ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’ by George Doughty.

Executive councillor for education Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “Huge congratulations to all the young people involved with West Lothian Schools Brass Band on this fantastic win.

“The gold award is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the young musicians and their instructors.

“Special mention must go to conductor Anne Crookston for her expert guidance in helping the band achieve the top prize in her first competition.

“I’m sure this will be the first of many trophies for the band under Anne’s leadership.”

The band are now busy preparing to take a key role in West Lothian Council’s Spring Concert series next year which showcases local talent.

They will also be invited to take part in the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) championships in Germany.