Ross Knight

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Ross Knight

Ross is a tuba player from Carnoustie, Scotland. Ross began playing when he was just nine years old and went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class honours degree in July 2014. In May 2014 he was placed second out of twenty-eight brass and percussion players from all over Europe in the European Brass and Percussion Solo Championships. He also won the best tuba award in the competition. He is the only tuba player to have made it to the final three in the history of the competition. Ross also won the best soloist award playing the second movement of Andy Scott’s ‘Salt of the Earth’ in the European Youth Brass Band Championships on 4th May 2014.

In November 2011 Ross won the BBC Radio 2 Under 21 Young Brass Player. He then competed against the Under 18 category winner and the Youth Band category winner and won the title of the overall BBC Young Brass Player in January 2012. From this he has gone on to play as the guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the 2nd October 2012 playing the 2nd movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto and the first movement of Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto. This performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s programme ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on the 9th November 2012. He also performed as the guest soloist with Grimethorpe Colliery Band playing Rodney Newton’s ‘Capriccio’ at the gala concert of the British Open Brass Band Championships in September 2012 to a packed Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

In addition to his solo work, Ross is the principal tuba player of the European Union Youth Orchestra and has been a member since 2012. He has toured all over Europe with the orchestra, including countries such as Malta, Macedonia, Germany, Italy, Greece and Spain as well as a tour to Abu Dhabi as part of the orchestra’s first trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Biografia

In 2010 Ross won the Scottish Open Solo Championships, Open Slow Melody, the solo under 21 age category, and the under 21 ensemble category. He was only the second person in the history of the competition to have done this. He also won the top award in the Arbroath Music Festival, the Blue Riband. Ross has played many times as a soloist at concerts including playing Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto with the Tayside Symphony Orchestra aged 15, Handel’s Oratorios at the Ruthven Parish Music Festival arranged for him by the late Angus Hood, and a selection of solos at the Glamis Castle Musicale to an invited audience as their youth performer and then in November 2011 as their principale artiste. In November 2010 he performed as the guest soloist with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Perth, playing Vittorio Monti’s Czardas.

In April 2010, Ross travelled to Linz, Austria to take part in the European Brass and Percussion Solo Championships where he got to the semi final stage and gained an overall fifth place out of 58 competitors. He also won the award for best tuba out of ten tuba players from all over Europe. Ross has also played a recital in Dundee as part of the Dundee Chamber Society’s concert series, and in Christ Church, Esher, Surrey, as part of their recital series.

He played with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for seven years, including a tour of Japan in 2008, the European Youth Brass Band, the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland, and he played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for the 2009 summer course and was principal tuba in the 2010 season. He was the principal tuba player with the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band who are former British Youth Band Champions and current Scottish Youth Brass Band Champions. He is also the principal tuba of the Scottish Cooperative Funeralcare Band and is a regular guest player with Grimethorpe, Black Dyke and Faireys Bands.

Ross does Outreach work in schools for the Worshipful Company of Musicians as well as other community based music workshops in and around London. In November 2013 he took part in the recording of the CBBC television programme ‘Help, My School Trip Is Magic’ as a guest musician on the show. In the early months of 2011, Ross and 4 other brass players from the Royal Academy of Music formed a brass quintet called the Inner City Brass Ensemble. They have performed concerts and participated in competitions across the British Isles, including places such as the Isle of Man, Caldicott Preparatory School and St John’s Smith Square, and in August 2011 they won a competition run by the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester and as a result played a professional recital at the festival in Hereford in July 2012. They are also Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians after winning the brass ensemble competition in the Academy sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In 2010 and 2011, he performed two fundraising concerts in Carnoustie and raised over £4000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. He also raised over £700 for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain by performing a solo recital in Leuchars, Scotland in 2011.

Ross was invited in February 2014 to adjudicate Dalmellington Senior Band’s 69th Senior Slow Melody competition. He then performed in the evening as their guest soloist. Ross has been a member of staff teaching brass at Caldicott Preparatory School throughout 2014 and also teaches privately.

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