One of the world’s leading brass musicians is looking forward to returning home to West Lothian and performing in the county.
Baritone star Katrina Marzella, from Livingston, will play solos accompanied by the Scottish Open brass band champion Whitburn Band at a concert in Broxburn’s SS John Cantius & Nicholas Church on Saturday, May 11.
The event, conducted by the celebrated Professor Nicholas Childs, will also feature cornet soloist Richard Marshall and Whitburn, who are currently ranked 8th in the brass band world rankings.
Both Katrina and Richard play with the Black Dyke Band, the most famous brass band in the world, and the Yorkshire band is also conducted by Professor Childs.
The two soloists will also host a free masterclass in Whitburn earlier on Saturday, May 11, to help train the next generation of brass players.
Katrina said: “I’m so looking forward to returning home to perform in concert with Whitburn Band. It’s a real treat for me to work as a soloist with such a talented group of musicians and I’m hoping to catch up with some old friends in the process.
“It will also be wonderful to work with young local musicians in the afternoon workshop – I do hope lots of young brass players will join us on what’s set to be a fun and engaging session.”
Katrina is a former pupil of St Margaret’s Academy in Livingston. She was part of the West Lothian Schools Brass Band (WLSBB) that became British and European youth champions.
After playing with Broxburn Public Band under the guidance of her father Mike Marzella, Katrina joined Whitburn Band before moving to Manchester to continue her studies.
She is now regarded as the leading Baritone player in the world and is signed with Yamaha Music.
Katrina added: “Through the WLSBB, instrumental lessons at St John Ogilvie’s and St Margaret’s, as well as playing with local community bands in West Calder, Broxburn and Whitburn, the musical education I received in West Lothian was second to none.
“It gave me the best possible foundation, which enabled me to travel the world as a musician and perform in internationally renowned venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House.
“I am very grateful for this and am keen to ‘give something back’ to the musical community in West Lothian – even in a small way – this weekend.”
The workshop and concert also coincides with the launch of Katrina’s new solo CD Spotlight, which marks a major landmark in her career.
She said: “It’s an important recording for me personally; and to be the first female brass player to record a solo album with Black Dyke is huge. I hope this will inspire other young girls – including my own two-year-old daughter Gabriella – to follow their dreams and continue to break down any barriers in every walk of life.”
The masterclass is free for anyone to attend and will be held at Whitburn Band Hall on Saturday, May 11 from Noon. The concert starts at 7:30pm that evening in Broxburn, with tickets available on the door priced at £10/£8 for concessions.