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Day 81 - BBC Young Musician - a conveyer belt for great artists

Oddly enough I have a family relationship to this wonderful competition. My godfather dreamed it up with Humphrey Burton. Since his death, the Walter Todds prize is awarded each year to the most exciting musician not to make the final. As to the competition winners the roll call is extraordinary, starting with Nick Daniel in 1980 up to Lauren Zhang in 2018. There have been two genuinely extraordinary finals. The 2004 final, won by Nicola Benedetti aged 16, also included the 11 year old(!) Benjamin Grosvenor playing the Ravel Concerto and Adam Walker who became principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra aged 21. 2016 was equally extraordinary including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam and the amazing young horn player Ben Goldscheider. Quite when the live 2020 final will take place we don't know, but we can be certain that it will yield something special.


To see Ben Goldscheider perform at the 2016 final click here

To see Lauren Zhang in her winning performance in 2018 click here

To see Benjamin Grosvenor play Ravel aged 11 click here

The competition is almost complete this year and can be watched on BBC Iplayer here

NIcola Benedetti


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