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
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
The personnel range from children as young as 9 to adults in
60’s and come from all walks of life.
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.
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
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 band performs at many prestigious events such as Edinburgh
Festival Cavalcade Parade, Irvine’s Marymass Festival Parade
and Lanark Lanimers Day.
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
|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.