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First Place at SAFA Spring Contest

Posted by CPOF on April 29, 2018 at 7:40 PM

Saturday (28th April) saw Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes travel to Troon Concert Hall, to take first place at the Scottish Amateur Flute Association's (SAFA) Scottish Open Spring Contest.


Adjudicating the contest was Mr Alan Friel. Alan is currently Head of Instrumental Services at East Ayrshire Council and made his name in the Brass Band world as sub-principal Trumpet with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. He also adjudicates for the Scottish Concert Band Festival and Aberdeen Music Festival.


The contest had two sections, the graded section where each ensemble plays their own programme of music lasting no longer than 20 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, ably led by Deputy Conductor Emma Kennedy, played played John Bryce's arrangement of The Dambusters March by Eric Coates in the Open March section This was the first public performance of this march.


In the first grade section of the contest, the orchestra performed Edvard Greig's Holberg Suite, arranged by conductor Jon Hargreaves. This a long and demading piece which showcases the different voices across the orchestra. 


Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes were awarded first place in both the graded section and open march, with 98 points scored in both sections. The orchestra were also awarded the highest aggregate points trophy. The piccolo award was also presented to Carluke Primrose jointly with Glasgow Amater Flute Ensemble. 


Results Summary

Open March Section:
1stCarluke Primrose98 points
2ndGlasgow Amateurs
97 points
3rd Kilwinning96 points


Grade 1 Own Choice:
1stCarluke Primrose98 points
2ndGlasgow Amateurs97 points
3rd Kilwinning94 points


Other Awards:
PiccoloCarluke Primrose/Glasgow Amateurs (joint win)
PercussionGlasgow Amateurs
EntertainmentGlasgow Amateurs
Highest Points Aggregate
Carluke Primrose

*all points scored out of 100.



The orchestra are now busy rehearsing for their Annual Concert, to be held on Saturday 23rd June in Kirkton Church. An evening not to be missed! See the Event page for more details.


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