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BBC Radio 2 launches Young Brass Award 2018

Wednesday 11 October, 2017

BBC Radio 2 has announced details of the Radio 2 Young Brass Award 2018. The Award is the network’s nationwide search for emerging young brass musicians and provides performers with the chance to progress with their future in music, as well as an opportunity to showcase their musical talents. 


The competition is open to brass players from the ages of 16 to 21 who must be resident in the UK. Al Booth, Specialist Music Editor, Radio 2, says: “Brass band music is such an important part of UK culture and Radio 2 is proud to support the next generation of musicians from the banding world. Over the years, we have seen some tremendously talented young people come through this competition, and the profile of the awards have gone from strength to strength because of this. It’s so rewarding to see that a love of brass band music is still thriving amongst our young musicians, and continues to remain a truly cross generational genre.”

Based on the initial entries eight successful semi-finalists will be invited to record up to ten minutes of music of their own choice with Foden’s Band at the BBC Studios in Salford on Saturday 10 February. The judges will select four players to go through to the final, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester on Friday 20 April. The winner will get the chance to perform on Radio 2’s Listen to the Band programme, broadcast every Tuesday night at 11.30-midnight, and will also secure a broadcast performance with an established group.


For details on how to enter, go to the Radio 2 Home page: or People can also contact competition by email with any queries at

Previous winners include trumpet player Matilda Lloyd who subsequently appeared at the BBC Proms, Ross Knight, who attended the Karajan Academy in Berlin and performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra before becoming principal tuba of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Daniel Thomas who plays solo euphonium with Black Dyke Band. 

The deadline for entries is 23:59 on Thursday 30 November 2017.