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Angus Brass Hits Limelight Again

 

A couple of months ago, the band and Ross Knight, our Principal tuba, were informed that they had been nominated as the BBC Radio 2, Youth Brass Band of the Year and Best soloist in the 18 to 21 category respectively. An expert panel of five judges had come together and singled them out from all bands and soloists throughout the United Kingdom and placed them at the top of their categories. There was a third category announced of under 18 soloist of the year which went to a brilliant young cornet player, James Fountain, who at the age of 18 is the joint principal cornet player with the famous Grimethorpe Band, which gives an indication of the standard of player that the Angus musicians were competing with.

 

The band and Ross took part in the festival finale on Sunday evening which was recorded by BBC Radio 2. The evening was hosted by the famous brass band guru Frank Renton and the world famous percussionist Simone Rebello.

First up was James Fountain who played the famous Salivation Army cornet piece ‘Jubilance’ by William Himes.

 

Next up was 19 year old Ross Knight who chose to play the beautiful and technically difficult tuba piece ‘Capriccio’ composed by Rodney Newton.

 

The third performance was from the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass band with which Ross has remained a player since moving to London to study at The Royal Academy of Music. The conductor Mike Robertson had chosen two pieces which he knew would show off the strength and prowess of the band. Firstly the band played ‘Enter the Galaxies’ by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, a piece which requires extreme control and very particular intonation to accentuate the difference between the slow melodic parts and the full on sounds of the forte sections during the piece. The second piece chosen by Mr. Robertson was one in which the band excels called ‘Dundonnell’ from Philip Sparks Hymn of the Highlands suite. Again the power and dexterity of the 45 strong band impressed the audience with a great balance of vibrant energy and a high level of musical maturity.

With the three programmes over, the judges had heard three top class performances and they all commented on the extremely high standard and professional playing by all three award winners.

 

Just before the final piece of the evening which featured the combined ranks of the Carnoustie and District Band joined with the Royal Northern College Band, resulting in a seventy strong brass band, playing ‘Horizons’ by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, the announcement of the overall winner of the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award was made.

 

Tension was high in the room and Katrina Marzella made the announcement that Ross Knight had been awarded that overall 2012 BBC Radio 2 Youth Brass Award.

Mike Robertson who is Ross's former teacher said, "Both the band and myself are delighted Ross received the Radio 2 award. He has worked extremely hard over many years and is completely dedicated to becoming a professional musician. I wish him every success."

Ross Knight BBC2 Young Brass Musician of the Year 2012

 

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