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Carnoustie High School Brass Band to tour China

Monday 26 June, 2017

Carnoustie High School brass band is set to become the first Scottish brass band to take part in a tour of China, having been invited to perform there in 2018.

Earlier this year, the band performed at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, for the Confucius Institute for Scotland. The performance led to the invitation to take part in a fortnight-long trip to China next year, split between a week in Beijing and a week in the Tianjin region. The exact dates have yet to be confirmed.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland, of which Carnoustie High School is the Angus Hub, promotes educational, economic and cultural ties between Scotland and China. As part of the trip, the band will be learning Mandarin as well as performing at a number of concerts. The students will also be visiting Chinese families and schools and will also have opportunities to experience Chinese culture first hand with a chance to learn Kung Fu, Tai Chi, calligraphy and Chinese mask painting. When the band is in Beijing, it will perform at more concerts and will visit the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. 

Conductor Michael Robertson commented: “This is a marvellous opportunity for the students to experience Chinese culture and it was a great honour to be invited. We are very much looking forward to what we’re sure will be a memorable tour.”

Head teacher Donald Currie was equally pleased, commenting: “I am extremely proud that the school band has received this invitation. We are all very excited at the prospect of Carnoustie High School performing in China.”