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USA Scholarship For Bothwell Woman
A Bothwell music conductor has won more awards than you can shake a stick at in the past few years. Now her expertise with the baton has landed Diane McCrory of Blairston Avenue a dream trip to a music festival in Chicago.
Mum-of-two Diane is conductor of the Clyde Wind Ensemble.
And last month in Perth they swept to a third successive gold award at the national finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival.
“Winning three titles on the trot means I was awarded Scottish Concert Band Festival’s Travelling Scholarship to go to the Mid West Festival in the States in December,” said Diane.
“I’m absolutely delighted – it’s a great honour personally, and for the band too, and a superb opportunity. I’ll get to learn things to improve my conducting and arranging, meet other composers from all around the world and hear new pieces.”
The Calderglen High School music teacher is only the third Scot to be awarded the honour, and Diane said: “You only ever get awarded the scholarship once, no matter how many titles you win, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
In order to be eligible for the award, Diane had to conduct one of the pieces performed at the final, Samuel Hazo’s Arabesque, from memory – which she did with aplomb.
At the Perth finals, Calderglen High School’s senior concert band, also conducted by Diane, were awarded a gold award for their performance.
Clyde Wind Ensemble, formed in 2009, are a community band comprising players from all over the Strathclyde area with musicians from school-age to those of more advanced years.
They are always looking to recruit new members – particularly tuba and trombone players.
Anyone interested can consult www.clydewindensemble.org for more information.