Markinch teen’s chance of a lifetime

Brandon Low has been chosen for the Scottish National Youth Choir
Brandon Low has been chosen for the Scottish National Youth Choir

News that he has been selected as a member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland is sweet music to the ears of Markinch teenager, Brandon Low.

The 15-year-old of Croft Crescent, who is about to play the role of Fagan in Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association’s production of ‘Oliver’ at the Rothes Halls, has been successful in his selection to the Boys’ Choir section of the prestigious organisation.

And his luck is continuing with the news that the Fife-based Skene Group is to sponsor him to attend a week-long residential course at the Loretto School in Musselburgh in April, which marks the start of his membership to the choir.

Brandon, a pupil at Auchmuty High School, was encouraged to apply for the choir by his singing teacher, Rosemary Nairne who runs the Bel Canto Voices which Brandon used to be a member of. He is also a former member of the Cupar Youth Music Theatre and sings in his school choir.

He was accepted from a large number of applicants after a rigorous selection process. The choir has three sections: the Junior Corps; National Boys Choir and Changed Voices section. The choir is for boys aged10-16 and allows members to sing with others to the highest standard, receive expert vocal tuition and develop musicianship skills.

Brandon’s parents, mum Michelle, stepdad Neil Allan and sister Jodie Allan say they are all extremely proud of his achievement.

Brandon said: “I am delighted to have been accepted to NYCOS. I look forward to working with experienced musicians and vocal coaches and learning all I can during the residential course. I am extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity, and I want to thank the Skene Group for supporting me.”

Neil Skene, managing director of the Skene Group, decided to sponsor Brandon after hearing of his talent through his wife who is depute convener of GAMA.

Karen Skene said she was delighted at Brandon’s success.

“He is a very talented young lad and when he approached me to ask about possible funding sounces I mentioned it to my husband who said Skene would be pleased to help cover the cost, as we are a local company.

“Our daughter went on the choir’s programme and benefited greatly from it, and we hope Brandon will too.”

GAMA’s production of Oliver will take place at Rothes Halls, from Thursday to Saturday, with an evening performance on Thursday and Friday and afternoon and evening performances on Saturday. To book tickets, contact the box office on (01592) 583354.