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Report & Results: 2012 National Youth Championships


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A stunning Championship Section winning performance from Carnoustie & District Youth Band brought an enthralling National Youth Brass Band Championships to a spectacular climax on Sunday evening.

Remarkable band

And as the celebrating youngsters contemplated a well deserved a day off school after a six hour return journey home from the RNCM in Manchester buoyed by yet another major victory, their modest MD Michael Roberston paid tribute to the players of his quite remarkable band.

"They are very talented of course, but they also work so hard too. It’s a real honour to conduct them. I’m deeply flattered by the comments made by the adjudicators, but all the credit goes to the players – they were simply outstanding today."

Very best

Both Dr Roger Webster and Steven Mead told 4BR that they felt Carnoustie produced playing that was the equal of the very best senior bands.

"We just sat back and enjoyed every moment of it," Steven said. "It was quite brilliant –a truly memorable performance, so well directed and delivered with such musical maturity."

Dr Roger Webster agreed. "It blew us away. This was not outstanding youth playing; this was simply outstanding brass band playing. There are very few bands at any level that can perform with such excellence."


The 2011 Premier Section champion opened their Gold Award 20 minute programme with a fizzing ‘Enter the Galaxies’, featuring soprano player Callum Tonner on sparking form, before showing their lyrical control by segueing into Evelyn Glennis’s elegant ‘A Little Prayer’.

19 year old bass trombonist Josiah Walters produced a remarkable jazz inspired rendition of his own arrangement of Christopher Brubeck's ‘James Brown in the Twilight Zone’ to deservedly take the Eric Bravington ‘Best Instrumentalist’ prize, before the Scots rounded things off with a coruscating run through the Goff Richard’s set work, ‘Oceans’, played with an intoxicating mix of vibrant energy and subtle musicality.

High class

Although it gave the band a clear cut victory, there was a great deal to enjoy in what turned out to be a high class contest between eight ensembles made up of players up to the age of 20.

However, both Steven and Roger did make the point that although they felt a number of bands played well, not all performed well – highlighting the need to match their musical endeavours with a visual appreciation of what they were doing.

"It was a bit of a mixed bag today in terms of quality. Nobody played badly, but some of you didn’t look as if you were enjoying it," Roger added.

National Champions 2011

National Champions 2011

(Premier Section)

Scottish Champions 2010

Scottish Champions 2010

(Premier Section)
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