‘Oscars’ night caps another great year for Moray Concert Brass

THE RED CARPET is being prepared once again as Moray’s premier youth brass band ready for their annual ‘Oscars’ at Elgin Town Hall.

Moray Concert Brass have enjoyed another stellar year and that will be celebrated on November 25 when several members learn who has gained their coveted annual awards.

This year will see the traditional awards of Best Soloist and Best Newcomer – but will also feature some more unconventional honours such as Biggest Gob and Biggest strop!

It has been a busy year for the band who celebrated their 25th anniversary with a spectacular series of concerts in June featuring internationally recognised trumpeters Rex Richardson and Mike Lovatt. That was followed by a hugely successful 10-day tour of the Netherlands.

Musical Director Glenn Munro also has a very special reason to celebrate as he has recently returned to conducting the band after an enforced absence due to treatment for peritoneal surface malignancy, a rare form of cancer in the abdomen.

Glenn said: “It has been a great year for the band but a difficult one personally and the Oscar Ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate all the bands achievements while looking forward to a bright and musical future.”

After the awards there will be a Ceilidh at which is the final event in the celebrations of the 25th anniversary, Glenn adding: “I hope that friends, family and former members will join us for a great evening of music and dance with great local band The Scenix.”

The band have a busy schedule in the run-up to Christmas with gigs at The Glen Moray Christmas Fair on December 2 and the Moray Music Centre Concert at 2pm in Elgin Academy on December 9, before the highlight of the Christmas season, their annual ‘Carols@Cooper Park’ which this year will take place on Saturday, December 23 just outside the library.

That concert will this year will be raising funding for the CLAN Cancer Support charity that provides emotional and practical support to those affected by cancer.

The Oscars will take place at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday November 25 with doors opening at 7.15pm and the ceilidh a 8.30pm. Tickets are just £6 or £20 for four and are available by emailing mcbinfo@gmail.com.