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Issue 6016

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HERE IS THE NEWS - Looking back at the Daily Herald's Nationals sponsorship Young Brass Award 2019 semi-finalists announced

Tuesday 11 December, 2018 is delighted to be able to announce the semi-finalists of the Young Brass Award 2019. The competition picks up the baton so ably carried by BBC Radio 2 and continues 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.

Commenting on behalf on, Martin Gernon said: “A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this first stage of the competition. The standard of playing was amazingly high. After some difficult decisions, eight players have been selected for the Semi Final.”

The semi-finalists are:
Holly Clark - Cornet
Peter Mcdonough - Euphonium
Siobhan Bates - Tenor Horn
Frank Coughlan - Trumpet
Felix Rockhill - Trombone
Tobias Reifer - Euphonium
Sebastian Williman - Cornet/Flugel Horn
Angus Butt - Bass Trombone

The Semi Final will be held on 13 January 2019 at The Stoller Hall, Manchester. Each player will perform a 10-minute programme of their own choice, with their own piano accompanist. The judges have been announced as Katy Jones (Principal Trombone of The Halle Orchestra) and conductor and international cornet virtuoso, Russell Gray. They will jointly select four players who will progress to the final, which will be live-streamed from the RIBA-winning Stoller Hall, one of Manchester's newest and finest concert venues, and will be accompanied by the current National Champion, Foden’s Band.

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.

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."