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Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2012

Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2012 recipients. L-R Carnoustie & District Youth Brass Band members Heather Singer (Principal Trombone), Joe Walters (Bass Trombone) and conductor Michael Robertson, James Fountain and Ross Knight. Photo by John Stirzaker

2012 Award Recipients Announced

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.

    The Overall Award Winner

    At the Festival Of Brass concert on January 29th 2012, tuba player Ross Knight won the Overall Award. Ross was the unanimous choice of the three adjudicators:

    “What a beautiful and very mature sound”
    Richard Evans

    “A great sense of music making, communicated so well with the audience”
    Katrina Marzella

    “I was particularly impressed with the sound, phrasing and knowledge of the technicalities of the piece”
    Kenneth Crookston

    Ross himself was overwhelmed when receiving the trophy and confessed to ‘not knowing what to say’ but his playing probably did that for him.

    He played Capriccio by Rodney Newton accompanied by the Royal Northern College for Music’s Brass Band with conductor Nicholas Childs.

    Highlights of the event, which includes performances by the other category Award recipients cornettest James Fountain and The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass band were featured in a special edition of Listen To The Band broadcast on February 22 at 2100 on Radio 2. The programme was presented by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello.

    :: Hear the whole show

    :: Hear the annoucement of the Overall Award

    Within the three Awards categories, the recipients are:

    Youth Brass Band of the Year

          The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band

    • (L-R) Carnoustie & District Youth Brass Band conductor Michael Robertson, Heather Singer (Principal Trombone), Joe Walters (Bass Trombone). Photo by John Stirzaker

      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.

      Hear the award announcement
      Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band: official site


      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)

    • James Fountain with percussionist and awards co-presenter Simone Rebello. Photo by John Stirzaker

      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.

      Hear the award announcement
      James Fountain: Guardian profile


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

       

    Soloist of the year under 21

          Ross Knight (Tuba)

    • Listen To The Band presenter Frank Renton with Ross Knight. Photo by John Stirzaker

      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.

      Hear the award announcement
      Ross Knight: SBBA profile


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

       

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The Radio 2 Young Brass Awards are produced in association with Listen to the Band, which is broadcast every Wednesday evening on Radio 2 from 21:30-22:00.

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