Young Monifieth musician named in semi line-up

CALUM Tonner, Monifieth’s 17-year-old trumpet player, has been named one of BBC Radio 2’s six semi-finalists for the 2011 Young Brass Soloist Award, which celebrates the best brass playing in the UK.

The semi-finals take place next Saturday, January 22, at the BBC studios in Manchester. The six players will be accompanied by the Rothwell Temperance Band.

They will each play and record up to 10 minutes of music which will be sent to the judges, who will jointly select four performers for the final.

Highlights of the semi-final will be broadcast in Frank Renton’s ‘Listen To The Band’ programme on Thursday, February 3.

The final, presented by Frank Renton, will be on Saturday, February 19 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where just one of the performers will receive a trophy as well as an invitation to perform as a guest soloist with one of the UK’s top brass bands.

The winner will also be rewarded with a guest appearance on Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ – Britain’s longest-running live music programme – which, in 2010, featured artists such as Bryn Terfel, Paloma Faith and Michael Ball.

The final will be broadcast on Radio 2 shortly after.

The other finalists are: Hannah Drage (18), Towcester, Northants, tenor horn; Michael Cavanagh (16), Stockport, baritone horn; James McLeod (19), Tyne and Wear, euphonium; Jonathan Bates (15), Huddersfield, tenor horn; and Lewis Musson (20), Manchester, euphonium.

The award, which was won last year by 18-year-old Matthew White, is open to all brass players under the age of 21 of Grade 8, or equivalent standard, and who play regularly with a brass band, wind band or orchestra and are resident in the UK.

The Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the Year is one way in which Radio 2, which attracts 13.68m listeners every week, remains committed to supporting music at grass roots level.