When St. Combs student Andrew Buchan was set a project to complete in his final year at Aberdeen City Music School, he looked no further than his home town for inspiration.
Challenged to produce and manage a concert, accomplished piper Andrew, turned to familiar territory when selecting the acts to entertain his audience.
“I chose St. Combs because this is where my hometown is.
“My education began at St. Combs Primary School and this is why I thought it would be good to involve the primary school children.
“My musical journey started with the Fraserburgh RBL Pipe Band and having been a member of the band for twelve years, I wanted them to participate in the concert and also because my theme was Scottish music, you can’t get any more Scottish then a pipeband.
“I chose the pupils from Aberdeen City Music School because for the last two years, ACMS has really got me involved with the Scottish music world and I thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase some of their talented pupils for a North East audience”
The concert was billed as the Newtoon Ceilidh and held in the new St. Combs village hall. Despite the weather being poor the musicians and artists played to a full house when an audience of more than one hundred turned out for the event.
In addition to organising the concert, Andrew took the opportunity to raise funds for local charities by using the entrance fees and the money raised by a raffle on the night.
In all £672 was raised and this will be split between St. Combs Primary School, Robertson Road Day Care Centre in Fraserburgh and the St. Combs Trust.
Andrew Buchan is in his final year at ACMS and is enrolled in an Arts Award course.