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BBC adds new jazz award to Young Musician competition

22 May 2013

A new jazz award has been added for 2014 to the BBC's biennial Young Musician competition, which was launched on 20 May. The jazz award will comprise two audition stages followed by a final on 8 March 2014 at
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). Entry forms for the award will be available from 1 August 2013 with a closing date of 18 October 2013. 'BBC Young Musician has provided a platform for outstanding young musicians for the past 35 years,' said  Jan Younghusband, commissioning editor, BBC Music and Events. 'It's become a valuable partner in the development of young talent and has helped to launch the careers of some of the UK's finest performers. The jazz award will further extend the reach of the competition and we look forward to showcasing another group of exceptional young people when BBC Young Musician reaches its broadcast stage early next year. '
Entries are now invited for the five mainstream categories of keyboard, strings, brass, wind and percussion. Two regional audition stages starting in September this year will be followed by five category finals at the RWCMD next March, leading to a competition semi-final also at the RWCMD where three category winners will be chosen to play concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 18 May 2014. Entrants must be Grade 8 standard or above, 18 years of age or under on 1 January 2014 and resident in the United Kingdom (including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has accepted an ambassadorial for the competition, which she won in 2004 and which she says holds 'extraordinary memories' for her and is 'one of the greatest examples of the UK's commitment to developing young musicians'. The 2014 final will not only mark the tenth anniversary of her win in the Usher Hall in her native Scotland, but will take place in the hall's centenary year.
The winner receives a prize of £3,000 and a specially commissioned trophy in addition to the title, and the three finalists also receive the support of a two-year aftercare scheme paid for by the BBC and run by the Young Classical Artist Trust. 'BBC Young Musician has changed my life, me as a musician and me as a person,' says cellist Laura van der Heijden, who won the 2012 competition. 'It has given me the most unbelievable start to my career! You get to meet new people, experience new situations and focus wholly on music, which is fantastic. Immediately after the final I started to have new expectations of myself; I am no longer content with playing that may be good for my age.'
More information about BBC Young Musician 2014 including how to enter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00bb3wt

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