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Prestigious BBC Radio 2 Awards For Angus Musicians


As the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band prepared for the Scottish Youth Championships this weekend in Perth, Mr. Michael Robertson, the musical director of the band, received a morale boosting telephone call last week.

He was contacted by Terry Carter, the producer of the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Awards, who informed him that the band has won the youth band of the year award.

Furthermore, Ross Knight, from Carnoustie, who also still plays with the band and who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, has won the BBC Radio 2 age 18-21 soloist award.

Mr. Robertson, accompanied by two of the band members, Joe Walters and Heather Singer, along with Ross Knight attended the Brass in Concert event at The Sage in Gateshead on Saturday evening to accept their awards. Mr. Robertson said, “It is a great honour to be awarded such prestigious titles. The band and Ross have worked so hard over the past few years and thoroughly deserve the recognition. It has been a pleasure to direct the band and teach Ross and they have once again demonstrated what good ambassadors they are for Angus.”

On 29th January 2012, the band and Ross, along with James Fountain, the young principal cornet player with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who won the under 18 soloist award, will play in the Festival of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They will be judged by a panel of experts and one of the three will be awarded the overall title of youth band/soloist of the year.

The Festival will be compèred by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello and will feature former BBC Young Musician of the Year, trombonist Peter Moore. The festival will conclude with the combined brass bands from Royal Northern College of Music and Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band.

The Festival concert will be recorded for broadcast on Frank Renton’s ‘Listen To The Band’ programme on BBC Radio 2 in March 2012. The overall winner will then be given a further opportunity to perform on BBC Radio 2.

The fact that two out of the three awards have gone to musicians from Angus goes to further highlight the reputation for excellence in brass music that Angus has gained over the past few years.

This Sunday at the Perth Concert Hall, the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass band, including Ross, will attempt to retain their Scottish Youth title for the third year running, having been crowned British Champions in April this year.

Due to the success of the band, they have also been invited to perform again on television. On 14th December they will travel to Paisley Abbey to record a carol service programme which will be screened by the BBC on Christmas Eve.

Pictures: Band after their performance in Manchester and Ross Knight.

National Champions 2011


Ross Knight


National Champions 2011

National Champions 2011

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Scottish Champions 2010

Scottish Champions 2010

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