Billed as the next big development in music in Scotland, Brass Ensemble of the Year and Solo Performer of the Year seek to find the best young musicians from each local authority and independent schools in Scotland to compete against.
After an online competition which attracted entries from across the country, the Stranraer Brass Ensemble of Stranraer Brass has been announced as the first ever Scottish Young Musicians Brass Ensemble of the Year. The finalists were the East Lothian Schools Brass Ensemble and the Perth High School Brass Ensemble.
The competition was open to ensembles of up to 10 musicians aged 18 and under who regularly play together at school or in their local marching band. One application was allowed for each local authority, independent school group and youth marching band, and each of these groups was encouraged to hold their own competition to select their final application.
Judges John WallaceMEPG facilitator, Arlene Macfarlane, director of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, and John Millerformer director of winds and percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music, agreed that their entry was a hugely enjoyable and colorful performance.
The Stranraer Brass Ensemble will receive a stunning sculpture of Alexander Stoddart of the Maid of Morven playing the clarsach, and an all-expenses-paid trip to play a top spot in the Solo Performer of the Year final on Sunday May 29 at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. They will also receive a prize of £750 to spend on ensemble music-related activities, generously donated by Ursula Jones OBE on behalf of her late husband, the virtuoso trumpeter, Philip Jones ECB. The awards will be presented at the Scottish Young Musicians Solo Performer of the Year final.
The majority of local authorities in Scotland are also taking part in the Scottish Young Musicians Solo Performer of the Year, a new Scotland-wide music competition launched by The Music Education Partnership Group, and Scotland’s only music competition where funding and expertise are offered to each school. and Local Authority. With local finals taking place across Scotland, students who qualify for the national final will compete for a plethora of prestigious awards, including opportunities with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Cumnock Tryst and RSNO. The finale will be hosted by Jamie MacDougall and will be warmly welcomed by international classical violinist Nicola Benedetti.
Angela Millerconductor of Stranraer Brass, said: “I am so proud of these talented young musicians and so happy to see their hard work rewarded. They are a credit to themselves; their families and Stranraer Brass and the future lies ahead. very promising announcement for them Indeed.”
John Wallacehead of the Music Education Partnership Group and one of the judges for Brass Ensemble of the Year, said: “I want to directly thank our young Scottish brass and their teachers for an incredibly positive musical experience. Together, your performances were brimming with a wonderful sense of enthusiasm, and you all sound really nice and healthy. With young players as full of potential as this one, the future is bright!”
For more information, please visit www.scottishyoungmusicians.com.