A talented young Forfar musician has had the best possible start to the year after securing a place with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
Brodie McCash (17), a sixth year pupil at Forfar Academy, struck the right chord with the national body. He will attend a spring and summer camp and will perform in two concerts; he has also secured a work experience placement with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
The former pupil of Langlands Primary School has spoken of his joy and relief as he continues on his quest to study music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He has played an important role in promoting music in Forfar. With the help of the Forfar and Area partnership he set up and ran the Angus Bandslam Project in 2012 and 13 where youngsters obtained musical tuition and took part in a closing concert. He also hosted a music workshop for youngsters attending the Friday Night Project.
Brodie will attend a preparatory weekend at Glasgow High School in March before the spring and summer camps at Strathallan School. He will perform in concert in Ayr Town Hall on April 8 and at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh on July 16. He will also perform with Conflux Street Theatre artists in Glasgow as part of the Commonwealth festival on July 19 and 20.
Brodie started drum kit lessons whilst at primary school; he was initially tutored by Stuart McLaren, Letham and now by Paul Judge. He has progressed to a variety of orchestral percussion instruments and his performances on marimba and timpani won him the William Bernard Trophy at Forfar Academy’s Young Musician of the year competition in April.
He said: “This is a great challenge. I am ecstatic, completely over the moon and blown away by the chances I will have. It is an amazing opportunity as NYOS is the biggest orchestra for young people in Scotland.”