Ross Knight - Tuba
Ross is currently in his third year at the Royal Academy of Music and is taught by Partick Harrild. He began playing tuba and piano when he was nine and has played with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for seven years, 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 as well as being a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Ross has, for several years, performed as a soloist and in 2010 he won the Scottish Open Solo Championships, Open Slow Melody, the solo under 21 age Category, and the under 21 ensemble category and was the second person in the history of the competition to have done this. He 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 Ross 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 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 Grimethorpe Colliery Band playing Rodney Newton’s ‘Capriccio’ at the gala concert of the British Open Brass Band Championships in September 2012 and also as the guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the 2nd of October 2012 playing the 2nd movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto and the first movement of the Gregson Tuba Concerto. He is also going to be playing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto with The Whitehall Orchestra in November and he will be playing a recital in Dundee as part of the Dundee Chamber Society’s concert series.