Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes

Recordings Carluke Primrose Prize Flute Band

Carluke Primrose Prize Flute Band

The band was formed as Carluke Primrose Prize Flute Band in 1938 by a group of local men, mostly miners from the towns Castlehill Colliery. The band registered in the 3rd Grade of the Scottish Amateur Flute Band Association. Over the next few decades the Primrose participated in contests and gained promotion into the 1st Grade in 1971 where they have remained ever since. Today the band is known as Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes made up of members of the community who get together to make and perform music. The personnel range from children as young as 9 to adults in their 60’s and come from all walks of life.

The musical repertoire includes numerous items, which range from classical music, popular music, easy listening, TV/film themes and military marches. Popular items of music include William Tell Overture, One Moment in Time, New York New York, Lord of The Dance and National Emblem.


The music played by the band requires an orchestral sound so that each voice and chord can be fully heard. To enable this, different types of flute ranging from Piccolo, Treble, Concert, Alto, C Bass, GG Bass and Contra Bass are used.

As well as flutes the band has a percussion section, which includes kettle, side and bass drums, glockenspiel, cymbals and many other items such as bells and even hooters.

Every year the band compete in contests and perform in many concerts, gala days etc. The Primrose are current Scottish Champions and Scottish Open Champions. The Scottish Championships has been won a record 8 times in succession, which shows the calibre of musicianship within the organisation.

The band performs at many prestigious events such as Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade Parade, Irvine’s Marymass Festival Parade and Lanark Lanimers Day.

As well as these the band plays at many concerts in Carluke, Lanark and surrounding area. The band’s Annual Concert attracts well over 500 people and is the most successful musical event in Lanarkshire.

Achievements World Champions 1997
Scottish Champions 1979, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
Scottish Open Champions 1985, 1988, 1991, 1998, 2000 and 2004
Numerous other awards include percussion, conductors interpretation, solo, entertainment and for highest score.

Contact Details

Stuart Laird
Secretary CPPFB
22 Aquila Way Carluke

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Recordings Carluke Primrose Prize Flute Band (The name of the band at the time this CD was recorded)

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