Peebles Burgh Silver Band recently performed their autumn concert at the Burgh Hall in Peebles. The evening was opened by Peebles Burgh Youth Band under the baton of conductor Davy Robb. With an ever-increasing membership, the young musicians played an entertaining set. For a number of the youngsters this was their debut performance for the band, all of whom put in a superb performance! Very well done everyone.

If you would like more information on the Youth Band, please contact secretary.pbsb@gmail.com.

As the senior band took the stage it was their younger members who led the way. The main features of the night were three young soloists (all under 18) who entertained the audience.  Principal Cornet, Phoebe Hibbert led the way with a fantastic rendition of Alan Fernie’s, “Craiglea”. Rosie McLeman then took centre stage playing the tenor horn solo “One Day in Your Life” – this was Rosie’s first solo and will certainly not be her last! An excellent performance on her debut. Sophie Ward-Murray was next to take centre stage taking on the challenge of playing “Concerto de Aranjuez” (or Orange Juice, for any ‘Brassed Off’ fans!). This is a technically very difficult piece which required all of Sophie’s skill and experience to perform, which she did so superbly well.

Well done to all three ladies who have a very bright future in music.

The soloists were well supported by the rest of the senior band; with a wealth of youth and experience the band put on a great show to support the soloists and entertain the audience.  Many hours of rehearsal and personal preparation go into performing a concert and it was great to see a busy Burgh Hall to appreciate all these hours of work from the band. Thank you for your support.

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Our season continues with preparation now well underway for the Borders Entertainment Contest in Kelso on 2nd. November.  Peebles Burgh will compete against some 19 Bands from throughout Scotland from the 2nd. 3rd and 4th sections of the Scottish Brass Band Association. Conductor, Peter Holmes has put together a 15 minute program to entertain the audience and showcase the talent within the band whilst entertaining both the audience and the adjudicators!  Fingers crossed.

The following week, the band will play in the local Remembrance Day Parade and Service – a poignant and important date in the calendar. Another busy month for the band before our Christmas Concert in the Burgh Hall on 13th December.  Hopefully we will see you all there.