Lewis lads invited to join National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

Gavin and Alasdair practice at home
Gavin and Alasdair practice at home

Violinist Alasdair Marnoch (16) and his brother Gavin (13), who plays viola, got good news in the week before Christmas.

Both found out they had been successful in their auditions for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS) - Alasdair has been invited to join NYOS Senior Orchestra and Gavin the Junior Orchestra.

Neil Johnstone, who has taught both boys, said: “The boys being selected again for these orchestras is a tribute to all their hard work.

“They each played demanding concerto movements for their auditions and it will be good for them to get the opportunity to play with other talented youngsters in a national ensemble.”

They now will each be involved in three courses. Alasdair will be performing in concerts in Ayr and Edinburgh, Gavin’s will be in Glasgow and Perth.

Competition for places in the orchestras has been particularly fierce this year as they will be involved in a range of events in the run in to The Commonwealth Games.

Gavin will take part in the World Premier of ‘Ludi’ – a celebration of the Commonwealth Games by Scottish Composer Peter Longworth.

Alasdair will be taking part in the biggest event of the Commonwealth cultural celebrations in a work which los involves Street Theatre and Acrobatics.