RIVERSIDE Youth Band Musician Crowned Scottish Champion

1 April, 2024 | Local

Riverside Youth Band members at the Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships with adjudicator Brett Baker

CELEBRATIONS were in order for a Greenock brass musician, after she won a prestigious Scottish championship title.

Andrea Crumlish, principal tenor horn of Riverside Youth Band, was crowned Scottish youth solo champion following a dazzling performance at the Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships in Bellshill, where she competed against qualifiers from all over the country.

Andrea, who’s now a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and also plays with Brass Sounds Inverclyde, played Variations on a Scots Theme, a piece written especially for her by composer Alan Fernie.

The 18-year-old former Inverclyde Academy pupil said: “When it was announced that I had come first, I was quite surprised, in a good way, and it still hasn’t quite hit me yet.

“Playing a piece Alan Fernie had written for me was a really exciting experience and I loved being able to share it with the audience of people across Scotland.

“As someone who takes part in as many contests as I can, these events have played a huge part in my development. Not only have I gained lots of great and helpful feedback on things I can improve on, but I also get to hear the things that people like about my playing.”

There was further success for the Crumlish household as sister Siobhan came second in the same class.

Meanwhile, Riverside Youth Band’s principal cornet player Ash Paton, above, received a Gold Award and came second in the Intermediate Solo competition. Baritone player Stuart Smith received a Silver Award in the Junior Solos.

The Riverside Youth Band Quartet, comprising Ash Paton, Katie Livingstone, Andrea Crumlish and Scott Crumlish, came third in the Youth Ensembles contest, performing Andrea’s own arrangements.

The same day, bass trombonist Scott Smith was named a runner-up in the Inverclyde heat of the Scottish Young Musician competition, capping off a successful weekend for Riverside Youth Band members.

Mark Good, musical director of Riverside Youth Band, said: “Many congratulations to Andrea for her success in the Scottish Solo Championships. Her hard work and dedication is paying off and I’m excited to see her continuing to progress.

“Well done to all those Riverside Youth Band members practising hard and representing themselves, their families and Inverclyde with pride.”

Riverside Youth Band rehearses in Port Glasgow New Parish Church on Friday afternoons, with more young brass and percussion players welcome to get involved. Contact Duncan: info@riversideyouthband.co.uk or call 07974 106 888.

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