Brass Ensemble of the Year

Brass Ensemble of the Year

The Brass Ensemble of the Year is an online music competition that aims to find the very best young brass musicians from across Scotland's local authorities and independent schools. The competition is open to ensembles of up to 10 players aged 18 and under who play together regularly in school or their local brass band.

Stranraer Brass Ensemble

2022 Winner Announced

After an online competition which attracted entries from across the country, Stranraer Brass Ensemble from Stranraer Brass have been announced as the first ever Scottish Young Musicians Brass Ensemble of the Year. They impressed the judged with a hugely enjoyable performance full of colour.

Stranraer Brass Ensemble received a stunning Maid of Morven sculpture by Alexander Stoddart and an all-expenses paid trip to play a prime slot at the Solo Performer of the Year final at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where the prizes were awarded.

They also received £750 to spend on ensemble music related activities, which has been generously donated by Ursula Jones OBE on behalf of her late husband, the virtuoso trumpeter, Philip Jones CBE.

The runners up were East Lothian Schools Brass Ensemble and Perth High School Brass Ensemble. They each receive £250 to spend on music-related activities.

The judges were John Wallace, Convenor of MEPG; Arlene Macfarlane, Director of Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust; and John Miller, ex-Head of Wind and Percussion at Royal Northern College of Music.

Find out more about the 2022 Competition >>



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Winning the North Ayrshire Young Musician of the Year was a hugely important steppingstone in my musical development. It provided me with an invaluable opportunity to perform, compete, make lasting relationships with like-minded young musicians, and ultimately propel me forward to playing on the world’s greatest stages with musicians of the highest calibre. I may not have had the many incredible opportunities that I’ve gone onto experience, were it not for the encouragement and friendly competitive spirit brought about by being involved in this and other competitions.  They provide an invaluable source of motivation and progression in a young musician’s life.

Scott Lygate
Solo clarinet performer and guest musician with many of the world’s leading orchestras

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