Annual flute band comp to be held

LISBURN Young Defenders are holding their Annual Invitational Melody Flute competition on Saturday (March 23) in Lisburn Orange Hall, Railway Street.

The competition starts at 1pm and is expected to run until 7pm.

The adjudicator on the day will be Lisburn Young Defenders conductor Mr G Shields, who will have a difficult job, with a first class entry of ten of Northern Ireland’s top Melody Flute bands.

Also travelling to compete is Baillies Lane, one of Scotland’s top melody flute bands.

Esch band, who will be identified by a number and not their name to ensure all round fairness, will play their ‘own choice’ pieces for approximately twenty minutes.

The following bands have confirmed their participation in the competition - Ballylesson Old Boys, Brookeborough, Ballyhalbert FB, Omagh Protestant Boys, Pride of Ballinran, Killkeel, Sir George White Men Broughshane, Skeogh, Shankill Road Defs, SOW Cookstown, Somme Mem, Bangor and the Scottish band Baillies Lane Corp of Drums, which will ensure a very high standard of melody flute playing.

For anyone interested in flute playing of any type, and the general public, this competition, which is thought to be one of Northern Ireland’s top indoor melody flute competitions, should not be missed.