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Brass Pass launches search for new brass stars

Saturday 3 November, 2018 has announced the launch of its first Young Brass Award competition, picking up the baton so ably carried by BBC Radio 2 and continuing to support young brass players by developing the award into a live-streaming event with worldwide coverage. Mirroring part of the original format, the Young Brass Award is open to players aged between 16 and 21 on finals day of 31 March.

Presenter Frank Renton commented, “Having presented every one of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award Finals since the first one in 2000, and enjoying every minute of doing so, I am delighted that has decided to continue this great competition that gives so much exposure and opportunity to young brass players. I have seen the winners go on to have stellar careers in orchestras and bands and some with solo careers - all agree that the jumping off point for their careers was winning the Young Brass Award. So to young brass players aged between 16 and 21, come on and participate... it could be that start of something big for you too.”

Martin Gernon, Managing Director of said, “It’s a complete honour for our company to be able to carry on the Young Brass Award, which has enabled previous winners to really establish themselves in their own chosen musical career path, and forms part of the full calendar of events that is now promoting. The added incentive this year for entrants is the live-streaming of the final around the world and this has the potential to become a truly international event.”   

Terry Carter, producer of the Young Brass Award competition, commented, “The event will continue to provide a focus and a stimulus to a young player’s routine. Devising and preparing their own programme, performing in a professional environment in a great concert hall is all wonderful experience. It’s also a great way to enhance a profile at the beginning of what we hope will be successful and enjoyable careers in music. Additionally, this time around  appearing live on screens anywhere in the world will be pretty cool too! 

The first thing anyone wanting to take part will need to do is complete the application form and send a link to a recording of your playing before 23.59 on 31 November 2018. The final will be live-streamed from the RIBA-winning Stoller Hall, one of Manchester's newest and finest concert venues, and you’ll be accompanied by the current National Champion, Foden’s Band. The semi final will also be held at the Hall on 13 January, this time with piano accompaniment. The players for this are selected  from the initial audition recordings. If selected, you’ll need to bring your own pianist to this.

Past winners such as Matilda Lloyd, Ben Thomson, Ross Knight and Katrina Marzella now occupy principal seats in professional orchestras and top brass bands; some are already undertaking international tours.

Prizes include a trophy and unique performance opportunities. So, the search for the next brass star is launched and you’ll find everything you need to know and how to take part at

Martin Gernon concluded, " brings you the very best in brass content from around the world with live-streaming of major events, our own promoted exclusive concerts and contests, archive content and our own programming series."

 All the details, application form and terms and conditions can be found at