The city’s young musicians came out in force on Friday night (18 November) to delight and entertain at this year’s Fanfare Concert. From rock, to jazz to folk – each ensemble was inspiring and moving.
Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra got the party started by kicking off with the well known latin number Mas Que Nada. Moving on to the more tranquil and moving sounds of the award winning Clarsach ensemble - they truly showed why they swept the board at this year's national Mod event. The evening continued with the wonderful sounds of the wind ensemble; uplifting rock performances; mellow classical guitar; and with a stunning finale by the Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestra.
Fanfare is part of the musical initiatives that run on a regular basis in the city. On a weekly basis, around 5000 pupils receive a music lesson of their choice. Music can help young people acquire a multitude of skills and a lifelong appreciation of musical enjoyment. Speaking during the rehearsals those involved expressed how much they got out of Fanfare.
Kirsten McFarlane and Alejandra Ruggeri, both clarinet players who featured in the wind ensemble and school orchestra, said:
"You get such a buzz out of it and it's great to meet new people. You learn so much and it really helps improve your skills"
Adam Crighton, who plays the trombone, went on to agree that: "You get the chance to meet a lot of new people. Everyone is really excited and looking forward to it".
Well done to everyone who was involved, it was a true testament to the dedication and talent of Edinburgh's young musicians and the commitment of their musical instructors.