Local man to feature on BBC Radio show

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A WELL known Carnoustie musician will appear on a popular BBC Radio 2 programme tonight (Friday).

Award winning tuba player Ross Knight (20) will be broadcast on the ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ programme with Ken Bruce from 8 p.m. which this week has a Remembrance theme.

Last November Ross was named the BBC Radio 2 ‘Under 21 Young Brass Player of the Year’ and in January defeated the under-18 winner, James Fountain on cornet, to win the overall title.

This award seems to have opened up even more doors for Ross and he has since appeared several times as a guest soloist for prestigious bands.

In October Ross appeared as guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the second movement of Vaughan-Williams’ ‘Tuba Concerto’ and the first movement of Gregson’s ‘Tuba Concerto’, and it is these pieces which will be broadcast this evening.

Prior to this, in September at the British Open Brass Band Championships, he was guest soloist with another well known group, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band for Rodney Newton’s ‘Capriccio’.

Ross will be coming home for a recital at St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Dundee, on Thursday, December 6.

He was invited to take part by concert hosts the Dundee Chamber Music Society and will be joined by pianist Jennifer Miles.

And he will perform music by Schumann, Capuzzi, Bozza, Vaughan-Williams among others.

Ross is currently in his third year at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying under renowned tuba player Patrick Harrild.

For the last seven years he has played with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, which toured Japan in 2008, the European Youth Brass Band, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland.

The talented young musician also played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2009 and was principal tuba in the 2010 season.

Ross has also had great success as a soloist with many awards to his name so far, including the Arbroath Music Festival Blue Riband.

In 2010 he became only the second person to win the Scottish Open Solo Championships, the Open Slow Melody, the solo under 21 category and the under 21 ensemble category.

In April, 2010, Ross took part in the European Brass and Percussion Solo Championships in Linz, Austria.

He reached the semi-finals to claim fifth place and also won the award for best tuba player out of 10 competitors from all over Europe.

Ross has also used his talents to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, realising £3,000 at a concert in 2010 and another £1,079 when he later teamed up with Carnoustie’s Blazin’ Brass.