Let’s hear it for St Ronan’s

St Ronan's bass player, Ruairidh Allan, receives The Scottish Borders Cup from adjudicator Richard Evans.
St Ronan's bass player, Ruairidh Allan, receives The Scottish Borders Cup from adjudicator Richard Evans.
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Innerleithen’s St Ronan’s Silver Band won the Borders Entertainment Contest which was held in Langholm last weekend.

Conducted by Chris Bradley, they finished ahead of the other 16 sixteen bands.

The players were rewarded for their efforts with no less than three trophies – the overall prize of the Scottish Borders Trophy, the award for best Second Section Band and the Bicentenary Cup for the highest placed Borders band.

The Innerleithen musicians’ programme opened with “Home of Legends” by Paul Lovatt-Copper, following a classy opening from principal cornet player Ian Aitchison who began the piece in the auditorium as the band took to the stage.

Next the band featured flugelhorn soloist Jill Keddie with a rendition of “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2. This was followed by Alan Fernie’s arrangement of the 1960s hit “MacArthur Park”. The final item was “Nightingale Dances” which showcased the band’s versatility with the entire solo cornet section swapping their normal instruments for mellow flugelhorn in the opening, before the mood changed and the piece came to an exciting finale.

The event was organised by the Scottish Borders Brass Band Association and Langholm Town Band.

Other results – overall – 4, Jedforest Instrumental; 7, Langholm Town; 8, Selkirk Silver; 12, Peebles Burgh; 13, Hawick Saxhorn. Best deportment, Langholm Town. Best percussion section, Jedforest Instrumental.

The photograph shows St Ronan’s bass player Ruairidh Allan receiving the Scottish Borders Trophy from adjudicator Richard Evans.

z St Ronan’s Band’s Christmas concert is on December 12 in the Memorial Hall, Innerleithen – tickets from Adam’s Bakery or the Thrift Shop (Innerleithen), and Robb’s Keystore (Peebles).

The Future Band will take part in the Scottish Youth Championships in Perth on November 21.