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Dumfries band hits a high note

The power of music, to enhance the lives of people of all ages, is well documented and a Brass Band in our region has just been awarded quite a significant sum of money.

The Dumfries Town Band dates back to 1873 and caters for all ages with sections for adults and youngsters. The new money will mean the band can replace the adults' instruments, who can then hand over their trombones, cornets and euphoniums to the younger members.

Fiona McIlwraith was live in Dumfries tonight, where the band were having a rehearsal.


Calvin Harris reaches one billion plays on Spotify

Calvin and Coldplay are the only British acts to achieve 1bn plays Credit: PA

Dumfries DJ and producer Calvin Harris has become the first UK solo act notch up more than one billion plays worldwide on music streaming service Spotify - the equivalent of over 5,000 continuous years of his music being played.

He has become one of only a few global music acts to achieve the milestone, and joins the only other Brit artists to do so, Coldplay.

Harris's hit Summer is the most popular track on the service and has now been streamed more than 160 million times.

He is the eighth act to break through the billion barrier and joins the likes of Eminem, Rihanna, David Guetta and Katy Perry.

"This is a landmark achievement for Calvin and deserved recognition that he is in the elite tier of global artists."

– Mark Terry, Co-president, Columbia Records UK


Discover violin-making on your doorstep

Violins are one of the most complex instruments to build as they are made up over 70 different pieces of wood.

There are only around 500 violin makers worldwide who craft the instruments, including Corrie Schrijver from Brampton, from scratch.

Corrie has built 50 instruments in her lifetime - from violins to double basses.

She is now hoping to inspire more people to take up the art and will be holding classes in Brampton.

Taster sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Friday 28 February: 3.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Saturday 1 March: 10.00am to 4.00pm

For more details, contact Corrie Schrijver on 01697 72649.

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