School band hoping to bring Christmas charm to Evening Express Carol Concert

Pupils across the North-east will take to the stage this festive season at the annual Evening Express Carol Concert.

This year’s event will include talented pupils from Portlethen Academy’s Concert Band.

The band first took part in the carol concert two years ago and are back to charm audiences with three Christmas songs.

With an already busy schedule, Portlethen Concert Band have plenty to keep themselves busy up until the concert.

They will be warming up for this year’s event by taking part in the Scottish Concert Band Festival this weekend.

Conductor Sarah Gove said: “They are looking forward to it, they have got the Scottish Concert Band Festival this week so they’re quite busy at the moment, and so are we!”

Made up of more than 30 school pupils ranging from S1 to S6, the group is a full concert band with a variety of different instruments. The band is delighted to be back on the stage performing at the event this year.

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Mrs Gove, who is also a woodwind teacher at Portlethen Academy, said: “We are looking forward to playing again. There are a lot of schools taking part.”

Despite their busy schedule, the band is determined to make the most of the experience and deliver a performance filled with festive spirit.

Mrs Gove said: “It’s a terrific experience – it’s fantastic they are given lots of terrific opportunities.”

The Evening Express Carol Concert will take place over two nights on December 5 and 6 at St Mark’s Church while renovations continue at its usual Music Hall venue.

Tickets are available to buy now from bit.ly/2zxMaP3 or from Aberdeen Box Office.

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