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BBC Young Musician 2018 to be crowned at Symphony Hall

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It was revealed earlier today that BBC Young Musician’s 40th anniversary grand final will be held at Symphony Hall. Three talented musicians will be performing a full concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. From these three, only one will be crowned BBC Young Musician 2018. 

The BBC announced a raft of major new BBC classical music programmes in a day of BBC sessions at the Association of British Orchestra’s Conference, Cardiff today. The conference culminated in performances from BBC Young Musician winner 2014, Martin James Bartlett and 2016 Finalist and Woodwind Category Winner Jess Gillam, alongside a keynote speech from Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, BBC Orchestras and Choirs and BBC Proms, about the Corporation’s commitment to classical music where he asked the industry to collaborate on music education and reaching new audiences; Davey commented:

In the classical music industry we have to respond to changing times with new ideas and new ways of connecting with and engaging the public. Our aim will be to help people of all ages to begin a new relationship with classical music – or take their existing relationship even further – and make it a habit and passion for life.

Alan Davey

Among other announcements throughout the course of the day it was announced that BBC Young Musician, run and produced by BBC Studios - Entertainment and Music Wales, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a BBC Prom in the 2018 festival. BBC Four will also present a special documentary, tracking the experiences of recent finalists and winners following their success in the competition, with contributions from cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Natalie Clein, pianist Martin James Bartlett, saxophonist Jess Gillam and the competition’s ambassador - violinist Nicola Benedetti.

The final of BBC Young Musician will be held at Symphony Hall whilst The Category and Semi-Finals will take place at the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The competition will be broadcast on BBC television and BBC Radio 3.The 25 young musicians who make up the 2018 Category Finalists - across Strings, Woodwind, Percussion, Brass and Keyboard - have been announced today.


We are delighted that the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Awards will return to Symphony Hall for it’s 40th Anniversary. Each year, THSH connects thousands of young people and adults to a world of music and performance and in choosing our world-renowned venue the BBC recognises this work and commitment to inspiring future generations. We hope that in years to come the award winners will return to the city and educate the next generation of talented young people.

Nick Reed, Chief Executive Officer