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Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2012


BBC2 Young Brass Awards 2012


Photo shows (L-R) Carnoustie & District Youth Brass Band members Heather Singer and Joe Walters, conductor Michael Robertson and soloists of the year James Fountain and Ross Knight.


The recipients of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2012 were announced by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello at The Sage Gateshead during the prestigious World of Brass and Brass In Concert on Saturday 19 November and were broadcast by Frank on BBC Radio 2 during Listen to the Band on Wednesday 30 November.

For 2012 this annual Radio 2 event has been expanded from one to three Awards in order to fully reflect the talent and achievements of young brass players from around the UK. A panel of experts with significant reputations in the brass field selected those whose contribution over the previous 12 months has been outstanding.


Festival Of Brass Concert - 29 January 2012


Our 3 Young Brass Award recipients are playing for the Overall Award at a fantastic concert on January 29th as part of the Royal Northern College of Music’s annual Festival of Brass in Manchester. They’re joining some of the best young brass talent around in a concert conducted by Nicholas Childs who’s taking a night off from his duties with the famous Black Dyke Band.

The Festival of Brass concert will be a celebration of all that’s best in youth brass playing. Trombonist Peter Moore, a recent BBC Young Musician of the Year, will be playing one of several newly commissioned works by young composers.

The Royal Northern College of Music’s own accomplished Brass Band will be conducted by Nicholas Childs - Music Director of The Black Dyke Band - and by one of the Colleges leading conducting students. The show will be presented by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello and be broadcast on Radio 2 on 22 February 2012.

Within the three Awards categories, the recipients are:


Youth Brass Band of the Year


The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band


Commenting on The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, Panel member and Editor of The British Bandsman, Kenneth Crookston, said: “Carnoustie is the outstanding one, both at the moment and in comparison to any that I have ever heard at this level.”

The band only began in 2008 but has already won several Scottish and British National Championships. Made up of 40 players ranging in age from 12 to 20 their conductor Michael Robertson has kept them playing to the highest of standards since the very beginning.

Photo (by John Stirzaker) shows conductor Michael Robertson, Heather Singer (Principal Trombone) and Joe Walters (Bass Trombone).

Soloist of the year under 18


James Fountain (cornet)


Of James Fountain's Cornet playing, Panel member, Festival Director and Award winning music producer, Paul Hindmarsh, said: “James Fountain is an outstanding brass band musician.”

James, who lives in Northampton, picked up his first cornet aged just three years and, under the guidance of his father, soon made rapid progress. As solo cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, James was singled out by conductor Bramwell Tovell as one of the great cornet players of the future. James was 17 and still at school when he became the solo cornet player with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Photo (by John Stirzaker) shows awards co-presenter Simone Rebello with James Fountain.


Soloist of the year under 21


Ross Knight (Tuba)


About Ross Knight playing the Tuba, Katrina Marzella, a leading player of her generation and a previous holder of the title, said: “Ross Knight is a fantastic young brass talent whose experience spans both the brass band and orchestral worlds and his impact in both has been notable.”

Ross, from Scotland, has played with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and the European Youth Brass Band. He was Principal Tuba of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2010 and at the Scottish Open Solo Championships he won in the Open Slow Melody, the solo under 21 age and the under 21 ensemble categories - only the second person in the history of the competition to have won all three.

Also in 2010, Ross took part in the European Brass and Percussion Solo Championships in Austria where he reached the semi final stage, gaining an overall fifth place out of 58 competitors. He went on to win the award for best tuba out of ten tuba players from all over Europe.

Photo (by John Stirzaker) shows Listen To The Band presenter Frank Renton with Ross Knight.


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