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Tuesday 12 January, 2021

The Coalburn brass band organisation is looking ahead with confidence after enjoying a busy end to 2020.

Audiences far and wide were recently treated to the bands’ first virtual Christmas concert, which featured distance performances from the Silver Band, the Intermediate Band, the Bronze Band and the Percussion Academy.

The music was recorded from the safety of home and featured a selection of festive favourites, as well as the Bronze Band’s programme from its performance at the Scottish Brass Band Association’s virtual Youth Festival of Brass event.

As COVID-19 has had a damaging effect on the mental health of many people the band family decided to donate the proceeds from the concert to the Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH), a local mental health charity that provides community based support services throughout the region. So far the concert has raised £1,200 for the organisation.

A spokesperson for Coalburn said: “Everyone from the Coalburn Silver Band family would like to thank the musical directors Gareth Bowman, David Fehilly and Daniel Fairley, as well as band members Calum Miller, Ewan Grant, Alan Court and Jenny Alexander for their efforts in organising and putting together the concert.

“The band family would also like to thank everyone who has watched the concert and donated so far. In particular, we would like to offer a special thanks to our sponsors at Gardiners of Scotland, Band Supplies, Alan Court School of Motoring, Cake Stuff, Eric Watson Financial Solutions Ltd, Rollos Fish n Chips, J J Ferguson Limited and Dynamic Chemicals.”