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Young Brass Awards 2013

The Radio 2 Young Brass Awards are produced in association with Listen to the Band, to celebrate the talent and achievements of young brass players from around the UK

Watch the presentation of the awards - filmed at Brass In Concert at the Sage in Gateshead.

The 3 category recipients for 2013 are

Player of the Year Under 18

Thomas Fountain

Player of the Year Under 21

Josiah Walters

Youth Brass Band of the Year

Youth Brass 2000

Photo - by John Stirzaker - shows :

L-R Josiah Walters (Player of the Year, Under 21)

Thomas Fountain (Player of the Year, Under 18)

Savannah Bone (Trombone, Youth Brass 2000)

Jack Wilson (Soprano cornet, Youth Brass 2000)

Chris Jeans (Conductor, Youth Brass 2000)

They will now each play a ten minute programme for the Overall Young Brass Award at a special concert during The Royal Northern College of Music’s Festival of Brass on Sunday 27th January 2013 alongside the College’s own highly regarded Brass Band and conductor Russell Gray.

** Find out how to get tickets for this RNCM Festival Of Brass Finale Concert **

The concert will be presented by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello and will be broadcast on Radio 2 shortly afterwards. Part of the prize on offer is at least one further broadcast on Radio 2.

Player of the Year Under 18


Thomas Fountain (16) started playing when he was just 4 years old and he achieved Grade 8 distinction at 13. He plays Flugel Horn with GUS Virtuosi brass band (at 15 yrs. of age), The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and is Principal cornet of Youth Brass 2000 as well as being a member of a Territorial Youth Brass Band of The Salvation Army.

No stranger to awards he was Best soloist at Butlins Mineworkers Entertainment Contest 2012, Best soloist at National Youth Brass Band Championships 2012 and Best soloist at National Youth Brass Band Entertainment Contest 2012.

“Thomas Fountain is a highly talented young brass musician. He already possesses a lovely lyrical sound and has the potential to become one of the great cornet players”
Paul Hindmarsh: Young Brass Awards Nomination Panel member

Player of the Year Under 21


Josiah Walters (20) is a 2nd year student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He started the trombone at 9 and took up the bass trombone 2 years ago when he was playing with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.

He plays with the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, was judged ‘Best Instrumentalist’ at The National Youth Brass Band Championships in April this year and has won both the 12-15 and the 16-21 Scottish Solo Awards.

He is also being noticed as a composer with a prestigious commission for the The ‘B’ section of the 2014 European Championships which will be held in Perth.

“His work as a soloist at recent events in both Perth and Manchester have shown him to be a player with real star quality on one of the most difficult brass instruments when it comes to making a lasting impression”
Kenneth Crookston, Young Brass Awards Nomination Panel member

Youth Brass Band of the Year


Youth Brass 2000 are the The National Youth Championships Intermediate section Champions Band 2012 and have had have great success in several other competitions including The Butlins National Mineworkers Youth Championships and The French Open Youth Championships.

Based in Northampton the band number 54 ranging in age from 9 to 18 and they combine competitions with concert and recording work. Artistic Music Director Chris jeans says “They are a superb group of young musicians…. and for us to be crowned BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year is fantastic and a huge honour. 'I am over the Moon'.

“The band sound is balanced, warm and resonant; they play in tune, with appropriate style and great attention to detail; and they always endeavour to create engaging musical pictures”
Katrina Marzella Young Brass Awards Nomination Panel member.