BBC award leaves Ross speechless!

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BBC RADIO 2 announced to listeners this week that a Carnoustie musician had been awarded a prestigious prize.

Former Carnoustie High School pupil Ross Knight (19), pictured right, was named BBC Radio 2’s ‘Young Brass Overall Award’ winner of 2012 for his tuba-playing talents.

The announcement came during the Wednesday evening broadcast of the BBC Radio 2 programme ‘Young Brass Awards 2012’, hosted by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello.

Ross has already been presented with the award for ‘Soloist of the Year under 21’ and won the overall award at a competition in the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester at the end of January.

At the same time, his fellow musicians from the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band were awarded the title of ‘Best Youth Brass band of the Year’.

Ross will now have a further opportunity to showcase his talents when he appears as the featured soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the live music programme ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.

Ross said: “When I found out I had won I could hardly speak. I’m so thrilled to have won such a prestigious award. It’s been one of the biggest achievements of my life.”

Ross is currently in his second year of studying music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and he hopes this award will help him achieve his ambition of playing the tuba professionally.

He said: “Taking part in the competition was such a great honour. And I’m hoping that winning will open up doors to some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. That’s the ambition.”

Head of programming for Radio 2, Lewis Cairnie said: “This award has long been an important part of Radio 2’s musical year.

“The award exemplifies the station’s on-going commitment to supporting the vibrant brass scene in the UK. Ross was a thoroughly deserving winner and certainly wowed the judges with his musical talents. I’m sure he has many great things ahead of him.”

This year, the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Awards expanded from one to three awards. This was to reflect the talent and achievements of young brass players from around the UK.

Highlights of the programme are now available on the Radio 2 website at