A small group of young accordionists from Wallace Hall travelled recently to represent Scotland at the NAO UK Accordion Championships held in Liverpool. The event, held in the Adelphi Hotel during the weekend of the 27th - 28th April, featured a host of talented accordionists from all over the United Kingdom competing in a variety of sections.
The six young Wallace Hall musicians, all under sixteen years of age, comprised of Darroch Wood (S3), Kyle Anderson (S2), Daisy Arnold (S1), Kirsten Fergusson (P7), Euan Wilson (P7) and Aine O’Hara (P6). This was Darroch and Kyle’s fourth visit to a UK Accordion Championships and they were delighted this year to be awarded first place in the Higher Intermediate Duet (Grade 6) section. The boys received 89.5% for their rendition of a lively piece called Heiber Draht. Darroch then went on to win the 15 Years & Under Frosini Solo category playing a polka called Bel Viso.
Our Wallace Hall Junior Accordion Group, consisting of Aine, Daisy, Euan and Kirsten made their first appearance at a UK Championships and were awarded first place in the Preparatory Group category receiving 91% from the judges. Aine proceeded to win the Preparatory Solo (Grade 1) category, with Kirsten placed second and Euan third. Euan & Kirsten won the Preparatory Duet section and not to be outdone Daisy, with her duet partner Charlotte Hamlet (from Castle Douglas High School) won the Higher Prepararatory Duet (Grade 2) category.
Congratulations to all our young accordionists - Well Done!