Last Saturday, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum hosted the second annual Brass @ the Bards competition, involving Junior brass bands from all over Ayrshire and beyond. The event was held in the museum gardens, and after a frantic Friday of moving chairs and other furniture around, setting up marquees and staging, and organising timetables, we were good to go. Fortunately, the weather on the day stayed dry, if a little chilly!
Each group played for 10-15 minutes, and we were treated to some brass band classics, alongside well known film themes such as Jurassic Park and James Bond. We were also lucky enough to have John Whitener of the RSNO with us to deliver a musical workshop for both the morning and afternoon groups of players. The cafe and shop were full of people buying snacks and souvenirs, and we were even offering face painting for the younger members of the audience.
We would like to say a massive thank you to everybody from the museum involved in the event, to all those who helped organise it and to all those who came along on the day and supported us. But most of all, we would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all the young musicians who treated us all to a wonderful day of live music! We look forward to seeing everybody back next year.