THE Fife Festival of Music returned with a bang last month after a three year break due to COVID.

It was a packed return with performances at the Vine Centre, Dunfermline, performances from eager primary and secondary schools and solo instrumental and vocal solos from people of all ages.

One major aspect of the festival is the community element and that was back in full force with 11 adult choirs, 10 large ensembles and seven smaller ones all performed over four evenings.

Treasurer of the group and keen baker, Jean Galloway, welcomed the group back with a beautiful piano cake on the second Friday of the event, much like the cake she provided for the 40th Festival in 2020.

The Festival Hub, in St Bryce Kirk, attracted visitors and audience members with it's fabulous gift shop and the final event, the Young Musician final had everyone on the edge of their seats.

The adjudicators of the competition, Mae Murraay and Stephen Cowan, praised the high standards of which the young musicians performed and the winner, trombonist Robbie Dowall, an S6 pupil at Woodmill High School was presented with the Glen More Trophy.

Since this event doubled as the Fife area final of the Scottish Young Musician competition, Robbie will now go on to compete in the final in Glasgow in May.