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Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Teenager Andrew McMillan recently made history as the first tenor horn player to embark on the BMus degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The 18-year-old from Campbeltown, Argyll, who joined Whitburn Band in the summer, has now moved up to the principal horn seat at the West Lothian organisation. He chats to British Bandsman editor Mark Good about the exciting developments.

How are you settling into your studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland?

AMc: It’s been really great so far. It’s an honour to have been accepted into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a great place to be. I’m really enjoying it.

As a tenor horn player, what was behind your thinking when it came to finding somewhere to study – were you keen to stay in Scotland?

AMc: I love Scotland a lot so it’s been great to be able to stay. I also play trombone and when I was deciding where to go to study, I knew being at RCS would offer a great opportunity to explore that further in my second year.

Where did the interest in the trombone come from?

AMc: I think it all started when I was in S3 at Campbeltown Grammar School. I asked my teacher if I could also learn trombone as a second instrument. It has helped broaden my musical horizons and given me opportunities, so I’m grateful for that.

You grew up in Campbeltown, Argyll. What have you made of the bright lights of Glasgow so far?

AMc: Glasgow is a totally different experience, that’s for sure. There’s lots to do and there are so many people. Although Glasgow feels big, everything is easy to get to and I’m lucky because my halls of residence are really close to RCS so I don’t need to travel very far.


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