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Moore & White through to BBC Brass Final

Two of the brightest young talents are through to the Brass Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.


Peter Moore and Matthew White, two of the brass band movement’s brightest young talents are through to the Brass Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Fantastic standard

The Brass Semi Final was held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff last night, where the standard of performances from the eight performers was described as ‘’fantastic’ by Ben Foster, one of the panel of judges.

Matthew and Peter will be joined in the Brass Final in February next year at the same venue by Alexander Edmundson on french horn from Chetham’s School and Henry Lindsay a tuba player from the Purcell School.

We're so proud. He played ever so well tonight in what was a great standard of competitionMatthew White's parents

Impressive contribution

Matthew, aged 17, plays euphonium with the Leyland Band and is currently studying at Chetham’s under the watchful eye of Black Dyke’s David Thornton, who had made the trip with a whole bus load of supporters to Cardiff. He performed John Reeman’s ‘Sonata for Euphonium’. Piazzolla’s ‘Café 1930’ and Terry Camsey’s ‘A Joy Untold’ at a truly breakneck speed to round off his impressive contribution.

Matthew's delighted parents were understandably delighted; "We're so proud. He played ever so well tonight in what was a great standard of competition. We have to thank David Thornton in particular for his input too — Matthew's playing has come on so much under his guidence."

Prodigious talent

Meanwhile, the prodigious talent that is 11 year old Peter Moore delivered two well chosen renditions of ‘Ballade for Trombone OP 62’ by Bozza and two movements from Larsson’s ‘Concertino for Trombone’. The Wingates trombone player is also a pupil at Chet’s.

His mum was busy texting and ringing family and friends as soon as the result was announced — her bill must have been enourmous! "We are all thrilled to bits. I'm so proud of him tonight — I can't get over it!"

Fine performances

There were also fine performances from the other four semi finalists on the night, Stephen Sykes, Simon Minshall, Philip Dewhurst and Tom Brady, all on trombone.

For a retrospective of the competition go to:


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