Thursday, 22 March 2018

Celebrating 40 years: BBC Young Musician opens its 2018 edition

BBC Young Musician final, 2016. Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mark Wigglesworth
BBC Young Musician final, 2016.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
and conductor Mark Wigglesworth
BBC Young Musician competition celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The 2018 edition of the competition opens on Friday 6 April 2018 with young musicians competing for the title to be decided at the final on Sunday 13 May 2018. The competition was founded in 1978 and past winners include cellist Natalie Clein, clarinettist and composer Mark Simpson and oboist Nicholas Daniel, not to mention Sheku Kanneh-Mason who won the 2016 competition. Illustrious former finalists include pianists Stephen Hough and Stephen Osborne, violinist Tasmin Little, pianist, conductor and composer Thomas Adès, percussionist Colin Currie and flautist Juliette Bausor.

This year's finale will take place on 13 May at Symphony Hall Birmingham accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four.

For the 40th anniversary a new documentary, Forty Years Young, will follow the careers of the three finalists from 2016, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, saxophonist Jess Gillam and French horn player Ben Goldscheider, as well as exploring the long history and the future of the competition with help from contributors including Nicola Benedetti, Humphrey Burton (who co-created the competition and presented it for many years), conductor Mark Wigglesworth, and music critic Jessica Duchen.

Full details of the 25 musicians competition this year from the BBC Young Musician website.

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