Music festival attracts wealth of talent

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Saturday, May 12, will see some of Scotland’s best traditional fiddle, accordion and piano players converge on Deeside for the Banchory Festival of Scottish Music 2012. 

The traditional music festival has been an annual event in Banchory since the 1950s and never fails to draw musicians of all ages to compete against the best. This year the competitions have been revamped and will include a new band competition for bands of four to six musicians playing a six-minute set. 

Solo competitors will include top class fiddler and current Glenfiddich Champion, Maggie Adamson, who will step up to defend her Banchory Festival Championship Trophy, the most coveted prize of the day.

The festival also attracts many of Orkney’s most talented young solo and ensemble competitors and once again several youngsters will make the trip South.

Pianist Margaret Smith has been involved in the Banchory Festival for almost 40 years and accompanies many of the solo competitors as well as competing with the orchestra.

Margaret loves to see the traditional music kept alive by successive generations of players.

“It’s great to see the familiar faces coming back year after year as well as the new entrants enjoying their first experience of traditional Scottish music competition,” she said.

Marie Fielding, accomplished fiddle player and teacher, has the unenviable task of adjudicating the fiddle and band competitions.

Nick Cowling, a former Banchory Festival champion in both accordion and piano, will adjudicate these competitions, which take place during the day in the Burnett Arms Hotel.

The festival gets underway at Banchory Town Hall at 9am. After the competition, all those involved during the day will gather at the Town Hall to put on a celebratory evening concert (7pm) followed by a ceilidh at the Burnett Arms Hotel Banchory from 9pm.

Tickets, priced £5 for adults and £3 for children, give access to the competitions, evening concert and ceilidh. More information and competition entry forms can be found at the website www.banchoryfiddlers.co.uk