BrassPass is Delighted to Announce the WINNER of the YBA 2019 Award.
It was third time lucky for tenor horn player Siobhan Bates as she lifted the coveted 2019 BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award title last Sunday. Accompanied by the Foden’s Band, conducted by Mike Fowles, the Black Dyke solo horn player impressed the judges with her performances of Peace, by John Golland, and the Finale from Philip Wilby’s Fantasie Concertante Siobhan cited that she was “so excited to win it! The other three finalists were fantastic,” and the field of four finalists certainly gave the three judges, Dr Robert Childs, trombone virtuoso Lito Fontana and Kate Moore, Principal Trumpet of the BBC Concert Orchestra a great deal to think about.
Following a flourishing opening from the Foden’s Band of Kenneth Hesketh’s Masque, the four young soloists took to the stage in turn to deliver four very mature and well-rehearsed performances.
Euphonium player Tobias Reifer kicked off proceedings, choosing Simon Dobson’s Proverbially, which certainly tested the skill and musicianship of the young performer and gave him an opportunity to show his mastery of the instrument, before the young tenor horn player, Siobhan, showed off her quality of sound to the audience both live in the hall and those watching via the BrassPass.tv streaming service.
The third young soloist to perform was talented young trumpet player Holly Clark, performing a real test from memory in Concert Piece No. 1 Op. 11 (Vassily Brandt arr. Mortimer) with style and elegance, before the first half of the event was rounded off with some wonderful musical playing from euphonium player Peter McDonough.
But following the dramatic suspense of the prize giving announcements all delivered with aplomb by the event’s presenter Frank Renton, the day belonged to the young Huddersfield University student Siobhan Bates as she lifted the trophy on a title that had eluded her for three years and now is firmly placed in her hands.