Good showing for Brechin at Festival

Musical family: Matthew and his sister Lucy were big hits at the Arbroath musical festival.
Musical family: Matthew and his sister Lucy were big hits at the Arbroath musical festival.

The 81ST Arbroath and District Musical Festival ended on a high note for 11-year-old Matthew Crabb, who attends Maisondieu Primary School.

Matthew won the trophy for the 11-and-under 13 piano class, The Advanced Recital Class, The Mozart/Haydn Sonata class and also the Adjudicators award for achievement. Matthew also had a share of the Tomala Piano Scholarship for the highest mark in a solo piano class.

This year he also shared success with his sister Lucy Crabb(8) also a pupil of Maisondieu Primary School.

Lucy and Matthew teamed up together and won the Duet class where Matthew played Trombone and Lucy the Tenor Horn. Lucy went on to win the Grade 3-4 recital class and the Brass under 12 solo class. Both were asked back to play in the Gala Concert on the Saturday night where they showed their huge talent to a very appreciative audience. Both are now getting ready for the Aberdeen Festival in June where they both hope to do well and perhaps add to the trophy cabinet.

The full list of results for Brechin and the surrounding area were as follows:-

Monday, Webster Theatre, Morning session.

Snare drum elementary - 1, Ross Calderwood, Brechin High School (84); 2, Alastair Gill, Brechin High School and Murray Bartle, Carnoustie High School (83).

Webster Theatre, Afternoon session.

Drumkit elementary - 1, Ruaridh Cowieson, Longforgan Primary School and Murray Bartle, Carnoustie High School (85); 2, Taylor Ramsay, St John’s Roman Catholic School, Dundee (84); 3, Blair Ruxton, Montrose Academy and Ross Calderwood, Brechin High School (83).

Webster Theatre, Evening session.

Percussion ensembles - 1, Menzieshill High School Senior Percussion Ensemble and Forfar Academy Percussion Ensemble (89); 2, Carnoustie High School Percussion Ensemble (86); 3, Brechin High School Percussion Ensemble and St John’s RC School (85).

Tuesday, Assembly Hall, Afternoon session

Piano solo 11 and under 15 - 1, Matthew Crabb, Brechin (176); 2, Niamh Harper, Carnoustie (172); 3, George Cowan, Arbroath (171).

Wednesday, Webster Theatre, Morning session

Angus primary school choirs - 1, Muirfield Primary School, Arbroath (87); 2, Birkhill Primary School, Dundee (85); 3, Whitehills Primary School, Forfar, Letham Primary School and Maisondieu Primary School Brechin (82).

Assembly Hall, Afternoon session

Instrumental duet open -1, Matthew and Lucy Crabb, Brechin (87); 2, Kimberley Mathieson and Georgia Kelly, Arbroath High (86); 3, Aideen Campbell and Chloe Masson, Timmergreens Primary (83).

Webster Theatre, Evening session

Junior soprano solo – 1, Ellie Hill, Brechin 9850; 2, Megan M. Beattie, Montrose and Tannith Matthew, Dundee (84).

Friday, Webster Theatre, Morning session

Instrumental recital grade 3 to 4 – 1, Lucy Crabb, Brechin (89); 2, George Cowan, Arbroath (88); 3, Poppea Watt, Stonehaven and Tara McLean, Friockheim (87).

Old and Abbey Church, Morning session

Brass solo under 12 – 1, Lucy Crabb, Brechin (89); 2, Lucy Mineard, and Holly Bennett, Carnoustie High School.

Webster Theatre, Evening session

Instrumental recital open – 1, Alisdair Rennet, Newport-on-Tay (88); 2, Matthew Crabb, Brechin (86); 3, Karel Vesely, Monifieth (84).

Saturday, Webster Theatre, Afternoon session

Piano recital open – Matthew Crabb, Brechin (88).

Piano solo Haydn / Mozart sonata – Matthew Crabb, Brechin (88).