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Clean Sweep at Spring Contest and Farewell to Alex

Posted by CPOF on May 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Last Saturday (5th May) saw Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes continue their winning ways with a “clean sweep” at the Scottish Amateur Flute Association's (SAFA) Scottish Open Spring Contest which was held in Troon Concert Hall.


Adjudicating the contest was Mr Gareth McLearnon, an internationally renowned flautist and flute tutor. Over the years he has given hundreds of performances across four continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for well over three thousand flute players.


The contest had two sections, the graded section where each ensemble plays their own programme of music lasting no longer than 15 minutes, and an open march category. In both categories points out of 100 would be awarded as well as prizes for best piccolo, percussion, entertainment and the highest aggregate score overall.


The orchestra played conductor Alex Abbott’s own composition in the open march section, Pride of the Fleet. This was the first public performance of this march.


In the first grade section of the contest the conductor decided on a selection of music to show off the talents, musicianship, and instrumentation of the ensemble. The orchestra performed Take Ur Picc, composed by conductor Alex Abbott. This piece featured some fantastic solo playing by Donna Black on piccolo, winning her the award for best piccolo player. The next item was another of Alex Abbott’s compositions, Legal Contra-band, which highlighted the orchestra’s bass flutes, and their player’s technical abilities. The orchestra then performed Cavalleria Rusticana, an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni. The finale of the programme was Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno, which emphasised the orchestra’s musical abilities, and ensemble playing.


Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes were awarded first place in the graded section, with 89 points and first place in the open march section, with 84 points. The orchestra were also awarded the piccolo, percussion, and entertainment prizes. With so many points awarded to Carluke, they also won the highest aggregate score prize. This is a fantastic achievement for the orchestra, and they hope that this will bode well for the coming year.


Results Summary

Open March Section:
1stCarluke Primrose89 points
2ndBallygowan 
76 points
3rd Eastfield & Harthill70 points


Grade 1 Own Choice:
1stCarluke Primrose84 points
2ndBallygowan74 points
3rd Glasgow68 points


Other Awards:
PiccoloCarluke Primrose
PercussionCarluke Primrose
EntertainmentCarluke Primrose
Highest Points Aggregate
Carluke Primrose

*all points scored out of 100.


CPOF would like to thank Alex Abbott for his recent efforts as interim conductor. The orchestra have achieved some great successes under Alex’s direction, and are very grateful for his guidance. CPOF would also like to thank 1st Carluke Scout Group for the use of their hall for their pre-contest rehearsal, and The Station Inn at Braidwood for hosting their celebrations upon return to Carluke. 


The orchestra are now busy rehearsing for their Annual Concert, to be held on Saturday 24th June in Kirkton Church. This will be the first public performance under their new conductor, Jon Hargreaves, making it one not to be missed. The orchestra are excited to be working with Jon, and look forward to seeing what new ideas he will bring. See the Event page for more details.


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