The public final auditions for the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) were held last Friday at the Wigmore Hall, seven finalists were heard. Out of these the mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley and clarinettist/composer Mark Simpson were chosen for representation by YCAT. There will be a Presentation Concert at the Purcell Room on Monday 24 September when the two artists will be performing.
In 2006 Simpson won both the BBC Young Musician and BBC Young Composer and has been commissioned to write a work for the Last Night of the Proms this year (in 2008 he played at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park). Huntley is a Samling Foundation Scholar and last year won third prize in the Das Lied Competition in Berlin and the Independent Opera/Wigmore Hall Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.