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BBC Young Musician of the Year

BBC Young Musician of the Year
Awarded for Exceptional musical talent
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
First awarded 1978
Official website BBC Young Musician website

The BBC Young Musician of the Year, simply BBC Young Musician since 2010, is a televised national music competition and despite the name, is broadcast biennially on BBC Television and BBC Radio 3.[1]

The competition, a former member of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), is designed for British percussion, keyboard, string, brass and woodwind players, all of whom must be eighteen years of age or under on 1 January in the relevant year.[2] A competitive dance version, BBC Young Dancer, was launched in October 2014 and first awarded in May 2015.[3]


  • History 1
  • Broadcast 2
  • Hosts 3
    • Co-hosts 3.1
  • Winners 4
  • Past finalists 5
    • 1978 5.1
    • 1980 5.2
    • 1982 5.3
    • 1984 5.4
    • 1986 5.5
    • 1988 5.6
    • 1990 5.7
    • 1992 5.8
    • 1994 5.9
    • 1996 5.10
    • 1998 5.11
    • 2000 5.12
    • 2002 5.13
    • 2004 5.14
    • 2006 5.15
    • 2008 5.16
    • 2010 5.17
    • 2012 5.18
    • 2014 5.19
  • Footnotes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The competition was established in 1978 by Humphrey Burton and Walter Todds, both of whom are former members of the BBC Television Music Department.[1] Michael Hext, a trombonist, was the inaugural winner. In 1994, the usage of percussion instruments was first permitted, alongside the existing keyboard, string, brass and woodwind categories.[1] Since its introduction, the allowance of percussion instruments has increased interest in the competition among young people.[1] The competition has five stages, which consist of regional auditions, category auditions, category finals, semi-finals and the final.[4] The biennial competition is managed and produced by BBC Cymru Wales.

To date, there have been 19 winners, the most recent being Martin James Bartlett in 2014. At the age of 12, Peter Moore attained the title for the youngest winner of the competition.[5] In 2014, the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award was introduced.[6] Alexander Bone, a saxophonist, was the inaugural winner.[7]

As a result of the success of the competition, the Eurovision Young Musicians competition was initiated in 1982.[1] The winner of the show often proceeded to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Young Musicians.


Regional heats were televised in 1978; a round before the category final was aired until 1994, and again in 2002 and 2004. From 1978 to 1986, all programmes were broadcast on BBC One until it was moved to BBC Two in 1988; however from 2002 to 2012, the heats were moved to BBC Four, with only the final aired on BBC Two.

In 2010, highlights of the new semi-final stage were also broadcast on BBC Two. In 2014, all stages of the competition moved to BBC Four, however the category finals and the grand final were broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


The following have hosted stages of the competition:[8]



Year Name Instrument Place of study Winning age Notes
1978 Hext, MichaelMichael Hext Trombone Royal College of Music 17 Now has an orchestral career, with occasional solo performances[9]
1980 Daniel, NicholasNicholas Daniel Oboe Royal Academy of Music 18 Founded the Haffner Wind Ensemble and performed at The Proms.[10] Principal oboe of the Britten Sinfonia.
1982 Markland, AnnaAnna Markland Piano Chethams School, Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music 18 Has since developed a reputation as a teacher, adjudicator and singer as Anna Crookes[11]
1984 Johnson, EmmaEmma Johnson Clarinet Sevenoaks School, Cambridge University 18 Now a solo clarinettist with a repertoire of over 40 concertos[12]
1986 Brind, AlanAlan Brind Violin Royal Academy of Music 17 Has since led the European Union Youth Orchestra and won the Young Musician of the Year award[13]
1988 Pyatt, DavidDavid Pyatt Horn Watford Grammar School for Boys 14 Youngest winner of the award at the time, performed at numerous BBC Proms[14]
1990 Loud, NicolaNicola Loud Violin Royal Academy of Music, Juilliard School 15 Has appeared on multiple famous British orchestras and several abroad[15]
1992 Kempf, FreddyFreddy Kempf Piano Royal Academy of Music, University of London 14 Became the youngest person at the time to win the award, has since released numerous recital discs[16]
1994 Clein, NatalieNatalie Clein Cello Royal College of Music, Heinrich Schiff 15 Became the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians, performs with several well-known British orchestras[17]
1996 Payne, Rafal ZambrzyckiRafal Zambrzycki Payne Violin Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Northern College of Music, Herbert von Karajan Centre 18 Won second prize at the Luxemburg International Violin Competition, performs in orchestras in Europe, the United States, South Africa, The Middle East and Zimbabwe[18]
1998 Spillett, AdrianAdrian Spillett Percussion Royal Northern College of Music 19 Became the first (and to date only) percussionist to win the award, now performs with an array of ensembles including the 4-MALITY Percussion Quartet. Adrian is also Principal Percussion with the CBSO.[19]
2000 Johnston, GuyGuy Johnston Cello Chetham's School of Music, Eastman School of Music 18 A finalist at the Bridgewater Hall, a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, becoming the youngest soloist to appear on the first night of The Proms[20]
2002 Pike, JenniferJennifer Pike Violin Chetham's School of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama 12 At the time, was the youngest ever winner of the award, now appears as a soloist with British orchestras and performed at other BBC events[21]
2004 Benedetti, NicolaNicola Benedetti Violin Yehudi Menuhin School 16 Performed with the BBC concert orchestra and recorded her debut album with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra[22]
2006 Simpson, MarkMark Simpson Clarinet Royal College of Music, Oxford University, Guildhall School of Music & Drama 17 Was the Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with current aspirations to be a music composer. Started studies at the Royal College of Music, but dropped out to go to Oxford University.[2]
2008 Moore, PeterPeter Moore Trombone Chetham's School of Music 12 Currently the youngest winner of the award[23]
2010 Omeroglu, LaraLara Ömeroğlu Piano Purcell School, Royal College Of Music 16 Nowadays known by the name of Lara Melda
2012 Heijden, Laura van derLaura van der Heijden Cello Royal College of Music 15 Has performed with 2014 winner, Bartlett, Martin JamesMartin James Bartlett
2014 Bartlett, Martin JamesMartin James Bartlett Piano Royal College of Music, Purcell School 17 He appeared in 2012 competition, at the age of 15, as a finalist in the keyboard category[24]
Bone, AlexanderAlexander Bone Saxophone Chetham's School of Music 17 Inaugural winner of the separate Jazz Award competition[25]

Past finalists

Person won the competition of that year


Name Instrument/Category
Atkin, JeremyJeremy Atkin Piano
Boustany, WissamWissam Boustany Flute
Brewer, WilliamWilliam Brewer Horn
Coker, PaulPaul Coker Piano
Collins, MichaelMichael Collins Clarinet
Dale, CarolineCaroline Dale Cello
Douglas, BarryBarry Douglas Piano
Hext, MichaelMichael Hext Trombone
Hough, StephenStephen Hough Piano
Martineau, MalcolmMalcolm Martineau Piano
Melville, DavidDavid Melville Trombone
Meszaros, SusieSusie Meszaros Viola
Miller, LindsayLindsay Miller Oboe
Morgan, KevinKevin Morgan Tuba
Murray, RonaRona Murray Violin
O'Neill, RobinRobin O'Neill Bassoon
Rees, JonathanJonathan Rees Violin
Rhind, KennethKenneth Rhind Tuba
Twigg, ColinColin Twigg Violin
Williams, RobinRobin Williams Oboe


Name Instrument/Category
Brown, NiallNiall Brown Cello
Carewe, AnnaAnna Carewe Cello
Coles, SamuelSamuel Coles Flute
Cook, LornaLorna Cook Clarinet
Daniel, NicholasNicholas Daniel Oboe
Galbraith, PaulPaul Galbraith Guitar
Henry, John BryanJohn Bryan Henry Piano
Kowszun, JonathanJonathan Kowszun Euphonium
Leveridge, JacquelineJacqueline Leveridge Piano
McClenaghan, DavidDavid McClenaghan Horn
McFarlane, ClareClare McFarlane Violin
Miller, BillBill Miller Euphonium
O'Hora, RonanRonan O'Hora Piano
Pike, AnthonyAnthony Pike Clarinet
Price, JulieJulie Price Bassoon
Punshon, HilaryHilary Punshon Piano
Vanryne, RobertRobert Vanryne Trumpet
Wolff, ElaineElaine Wolff Cornet


Name Instrument/Category
Allen, AlexanderAlexander Allen Clarinet
Bland, MichaelMichael Bland Clarinet
Coles, SamSam Coles Flute
Craven, StevenSteven Craven Cornet
Cross, AnthonyAnthony Cross Cornet
Galbraith, PaulPaul Galbraith Guitar
Henry, RichardRichard Henry Bass Trombone
Jones, KarenKaren Jones Flute
Kendall, Marie-NoelleMarie-Noelle Kendall Piano
Kirby, JamesJames Kirby Piano
Little, TasminTasmin Little Violin
Markland, AnnaAnna Markland Piano
Marta Rodrigues, CarlaCarla Marta Rodrigues Viola
Mistry, JagdishJagdish Mistry Violin
Murphy, JeanetteJeanette Murphy Horn
Owen, JeanJean Owen Bassoon
Picton, WendyWendy Picton Tuba
Richardson, PaulPaul Richardson Piano
Smith, SimonSimon Smith Violin
Wu, MaryMary Wu Piano


Name Instrument/Category
Ashworth, NeyireNeyire Ashworth Clarinet
Atherton, NaomiNaomi Atherton Horn
Ball, BrendanBrendan Ball Trumpet
Bingham, NicolaNicola Bingham Trumpet
Blake, ChristopherChristopher Blake Oboe
Boyer, JocelynJocelyn Boyer Flute
Briggs, Sarah BethSarah Beth Briggs Piano
Cawdrey, JulianJulian Cawdrey Flute
Dyson, JulianJulian Dyson Piano
Graham, JaniceJanice Graham Violin
Harley, AndrewAndrew Harley Piano
Johnson, EmmaEmma Johnson Clarinet
Marshall, OrenOren Marshall Tuba
Max, RobertRobert Max Cello
May, RichardRichard May Cello
Parham, LucyLucy Parham Piano
Roberts, HannahHannah Roberts Cello
Smith, UrsulaUrsula Smith Cello
Sperry, JulianJulian Sperry Flute
Stopforth, LouiseLouise Stopforth Trombone
Vidor, SimonSimon Vidor Piano
Young, AbigailAbigail Young Violin


Name Instrument/Category
Brind, AlanAlan Brind Violin
Fraser, FrancescaFrancesca Fraser Recorder
Haywood, SamSam Haywood Piano
Howes, FionaFiona Howes Flute
Hughes, AnthonyAnthony Hughes Piano
Kucharsky, BorisBoris Kucharsky Violin
Le Page, DavidDavid Le Page Violin
Lund, JacobJacob Lund Tuba
Markham, RobertRobert Markham Piano
Meehan, JeremyJeremy Meehan Bassoon
Miller, StevenSteven Miller Piano
Nadin, RachelRachel Nadin Piano
Neal, AnthonyAnthony Neal Trombone
Owens, RhysRhys Owens Trumpet
Plummer, JulianJulian Plummer Horn
Pyne, AnnaAnna Pyne Flute
Sperry, JulianJulian Sperry Flute
Stewart, EvaEva Stewart Flute
Stewart, StephenStephen Stewart Trumpet
Terry, AnneliesAnnelies Terry Cello
Wardman, VictoriaVictoria Wardman Viola


Name Instrument/Category
Agnew, RobertRobert Agnew Piano
Beynon, EmilyEmily Beynon Flute
Burnett, SarahSarah Burnett Bassoon
Clarke, RachelRachel Clarke Horn
Horne, DavidDavid Horne Piano
Kucharsky, BorisBoris Kucharsky Violin
Leathwood, JonathanJonathan Leathwood Guitar
Lees, BenBen Lees Trumpet
Middleton, JonathanJonathan Middleton Piano
Nicholson, AndrewAndrew Nicholson Flute
Osborne, StevenSteven Osborne Piano
Owen, CharlesCharles Owen Piano
Patterson, CraigCraig Patterson Trumpet
Pyatt, DavidDavid Pyatt Horn
Spencer, KatherineKatherine Spencer Clarinet
Sturgeon, JenniferJennifer Sturgeon Flute
Wakeford, LucyLucy Wakeford Harp
Wallington, HeatherHeather Wallington Viola
Watkins, PaulPaul Watkins Cello
Whitehouse, DavidDavid Whitehouse Trombone


Name Instrument/Category
Adès, ThomasThomas Adès Piano
Beynon, CathyCathy Beynon Harp
Bolister, RuthRuth Bolister Oboe
Carroll, ThomasThomas Carroll Cello
Chambers, MartynMartyn Chambers Trumpet
Claricoates, AmyAmy Claricoates Cello
Cowen, SimonSimon Cowen Trombone
Davies, GarethGareth Davies Flute
Douglas, MartinMartin Douglas Tuba
Jellicoe, LauraLaura Jellicoe Flute
Jemison, DanielDaniel Jemison Bassoon
Johnson, SimonSimon Johnson Trombone
Loud, NicolaNicola Loud Violin
Mather, ZoeZoe Mather Piano
McCawley, LeonLeon McCawley Piano
Ormrod, RichardRichard Ormrod Piano
Pooley, JeremyJeremy Pooley Horn
Rimmer, JonathanJonathan Rimmer Flute
Staines, KirstyKirsty Staines Violin
Twitchett, KarenKaren Twitchett Piano


Name Instrument/Category
Barnes, RachelRachel Barnes Bassoon
Carroll, ThomasThomas Carroll Cello
Clark, ElaineElaine Clark Violin
Cowen, SimonSimon Cowen Trombone
Cuddeford, JamesJames Cuddeford Violin
Haggart, RobinRobin Haggart Tuba
Harding, MirandaMiranda Harding Cello
Horton, TimTim Horton Piano
Kempf, FreddyFreddy Kempf Piano
Lynn, MichaelMichael Lynn Clarinet
McMahon, LouiseLouise McMahon Flute
McNaughton, HeatherHeather McNaughton Horn
Moody, HelenHelen Moody Oboe
Norbury, KevinKevin Norbury Tuba
Ridgeway, JasonJason Ridgeway Piano
Tong, DanielDaniel Tong Piano
Vollam, HelenHelen Vollam Trombone
Walton, JamieJamie Walton Cello
Willis, MaxineMaxine Willis Flute
Wood, RebeccaRebecca Wood Oboe
Zerpa-Falcon, AnthonyAnthony Zerpa-Falcon Piano


Name Instrument/Category
Allen, ClaireClaire Allen Trumpet
Arnold, JamesJames Arnold Trumpet
Brendel, AdrianAdrian Brendel Cello
Bullough, EmmaEmma Bullough Oboe
Cervenka, EdwardEdward Cervenka Percussion
Clein, NatalieNatalie Clein Cello
Currie, ColinColin Currie Percussion
Edmonds, DavidDavid Edmonds Flute
Elliott, SamSam Elliott Tuba
Hallam, AndreaAndrea Hallam Violin
King, StuartStuart King Clarinet
Liebeck, JackJack Liebeck Violin
Long, JosephJoseph Long Piano
Mackintosh, KatherineKatherine Mackintosh Oboe
Madin, ClaireClaire Madin Piano
McGinley, RuthRuth McGinley Piano
Moore, PhilipPhilip Moore Piano
Myatt, MatthewMatthew Myatt Piano
Payne, RafalRafal Payne Violin
Perry, MatthewMatthew Perry Percussion
Redfern, TraceyTracey Redfern Trumpet
Stewart, JulieJulie Stewart Flute
Thornton, DavidDavid Thornton Euphonium
Vogler, AndreaAndrea Vogler Percussion
Whibley, StephenStephen Whibley Percussion


Name Instrument/Category
Bausor, JulietteJuliette Bausor Flute
Cervenka, EdwardEdward Cervenka Percussion
Cheriyan, JulienJulien Cheriyan Piano
Elliot, SamSam Elliot Tuba
Farr, AlisonAlison Farr Piano
Gunnell, TimTim Gunnell Percussion
Harpham, RichardRichard Harpham Oboe
Hart, JamesJames Hart Percussion
Hudson, BenBen Hudson Bassoon
Law, MarkMark Law Trumpet
Payne, Rafal ZambrzyckiRafal Zambrzycki Payne Violin
Pryce, KatyKaty Pryce Trombone
Pryce, SallySally Pryce Harp
Quigley, DavidDavid Quigley Piano
Rives, MichaelMichael Rives Percussion
Roper-Curzon, PeterPeter Roper-Curzon Piano
Slade, KeithKeith Slade Clarinet
Smith, DanielDaniel Smith Piano
Storey, JohnJohn Storey Euphonium
Teppich, MiriamMiriam Teppich Violin
Wilson, AdrianAdrian Wilson Oboe
Wood, HelenaHelena Wood Violin
Wood, KatharineKatharine Wood Cello
Wright, AdamAdam Wright Trumpet


Name Instrument/Category
Abramski, RonRon Abramski Piano
Almond, MarkMark Almond French horn
Balsom, AlisonAlison Balsom Trumpet
Barker, JohnJohn Barker Saxophone
Bausor, JulietteJuliette Bausor Flute
Brodie, EmmaEmma Brodie Percussion
Bryan, KatherineKatherine Bryan Flute
Cook, CalumCalum Cook Cello
Cottee, AndrewAndrew Cottee Percussion
Elliott, SamSam Elliott Tuba
Errington, BenjaminBenjamin Errington Viola
Farr, AlisonAlison Farr Piano
Gibbs, TimTim Gibbs Double bass
Green, CharysCharys Green Clarinet
Hagon, NicholasNicholas Hagon Piano
Hilton, DavidDavid Hilton Trumpet
Johnston, MagnusMagnus Johnston Violin
Keatley, NiallNiall Keatley Trumpet
Macloed, MarieMarie Macloed Cello
Mehta, MagnusMagnus Mehta Percussion
Miller, TroyTroy Miller Percussion
Reid, HelenHelen Reid Piano
Spillett, AdrianAdrian Spillett Percussion
Williamson, NathanNathan Williamson Piano
Wilsom, AdrianAdrian Wilsom Oboe


Name Instrument/Category
Barnes, AngelaAngela Barnes French horn
Bryan, KatherineKatherine Bryan Flute
Childs, DavidDavid Childs Euphonium
Cosgrove, SimonSimon Cosgrove Saxophone
Couling, ElizabethElizabeth Couling Oboe
Forster, KeithKeith Forster Percussion
Foster, ScottScott Foster Percussion
Grote, AshleyAshley Grote Organ
Gunnell, OwenOwen Gunnell Percussion
Hunter, TomTom Hunter Percussion
Johnston, GuyGuy Johnston Cello
Jones, EdwardEdward Jones Trombone
Kerby, SamanthaSamantha Kerby Recorder
Liebek, JackJack Liebek Violin
Lockhart, KatieKatie Lockhart Clarinet
McFall, LeoLeo McFall Piano
Osada, KodoKodo Osada Piano
Parkes, ChristopherChristopher Parkes French horn
Poster, TomTom Poster Piano
Rimmer, NicholasNicholas Rimmer Piano
Sadler, MatthewMatthew Sadler Trumpet
Singh, RakhiRakhi Singh Violin
Sitkovetsky, AlexanderAlexander Sitkovetsky Violin
Smart, HelenaHelena Smart Violin
Yates, OliverOliver Yates Percussion


Name Instrument/Category
Baldwin, HenryHenry Baldwin Percussion
Barnes, AngelaAngela Barnes Horn
Bryan, KatherineKatherine Bryan Flute
Bryant, BenjaminBenjamin Bryant Percussion
Burke, StephenStephen Burke Percussion
Calvert, RowenaRowena Calvert Cello
Corbett, GeorgeGeorge Corbett Cello
Cosgrove, SimonSimon Cosgrove Saxophone
Davis, ColinColin Davis Piano
Foster, ScottScott Foster Percussion
Gee, MatthewMatthew Gee Trombone
Hancock, EmmaEmma Hancock Violin
Jones, EdwardEdward Jones Trombone
King, PatrickPatrick King Percussion
Lucas, LauraLaura Lucas Flute
McHale, MichaelMichael McHale Piano
Neish, LeslieLeslie Neish Tuba
Orpen, TimothyTimothy Orpen Clarinet
Osborne, ThomasThomas Osborne Trumpet
Pike, JenniferJennifer Pike Violin
Scarmadella, RobertRobert Scarmadella Piano
Shirtliff, AndrewAndrew Shirtliff Piano
Tandy, SarahSarah Tandy Piano
Tunnah, LitsaLitsa Tunnah Violin
Williamson, SarahSarah Williamson Clarinet


Finals for the 2004 competition took place on 2 May at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and were televised on BBC Two. The trophy used for this year's competition was designed by John Rocha at Waterford Crystal.[26][A]

Name Instrument/Category
Beasley, OtisOtis Beasley Keyboard
Beeson, LucyLucy Beeson Percussion
Benedetti, NicolaNicola Benedetti Violin
Chell, ElizabethElizabeth Chell Horn
Chen, SijieSijie Chen Violin
Clifford, AdamAdam Clifford Percussion
Crossley, AndreaAndrea Crossley Percussion
Cwizewicz[27], MichalMichal Cwizewicz[28] Violin
Drury, ElizabathElizabath Drury Saxophone
Elsworth, RichardRichard Elsworth Percussion
Fripp, AshleyAshley Fripp Keyboard
Gomersall, ChristopherChristopher Gomersall Trombone
Grosvenor, BenjaminBenjamin Grosvenor Keyboard
Gruchy-Lambert, Daniel DeDaniel De Gruchy-Lambert Trumpet
Hackett, EddyEddy Hackett Percussion
Hammond, ClareClare Hammond Keyboard
James, ToniToni James Keyboard
Mackinnon, CatrionaCatriona Mackinnon Oboe
Pannell, ChristopherChristopher Pannell Tenor horn
Skinner, PaulPaul Skinner Flute
Smith, PeterPeter Smith Tuba
Thomas, Ellen HydrefEllen Hydref Thomas Harp
Thorn, SuzanneSuzanne Thorn Oboe
Waley-Cohen, TamsinTamsin Waley-Cohen Violin
Walker, AdamAdam Walker Flute


The 2006 finals were held at The Sage Gateshead on 20 May 2006.[2] The adjudicators for this competition were Marin Alsop, Carlos Bonell, Peter Sadlo, Thea King, Sergei Nakariakov, Angela Hewitt and Kathryn McDowell.[29] The overall number of finalists was significantly smaller for this competition.[A]

Name Instrument Performance Notes
Kearney, TobyToby Kearney Percussion Veni, Veni, Emmanuel Now a member of the Royal Northern College of Music, his childhood environment encouraged him to be involved in music[29]
Massey, DavidDavid Massey Guitar Fantasia para un Gentilhombre Began guitar lesson at eight years old at the Mid Herts Music Centre, with current aspirations for a career involving music;[29] is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Morgan, HuwHuw Morgan Trumpet Trumpet Concerto (Tomasi) Principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra, began learning piano and other instruments at five years of age[29]
Simpson, MarkMark Simpson Clarinet Clarinet Concerto (Nielsen) Winner of the 2006 competition, originally played the keyboard and recorder[2][29]
Williams, CordeliaCordelia Williams Piano Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 Studied at Chetham's school for 7 years, and is currently studying at the Guildhall School in London.[29]


The 2008 finals took place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 10 and 11 May 2008.[30] In celebration of thirty years of the competition broadcasting, the performances lasted for two days.[31][A]

Name Hometown Instrument Notes
Batty, AnkeAnke Batty Lyndhurst, Hampshire Clarinet Achieved Grade 8 distinction in Singing, Piano and Saxophone as well as playing the clarinet
Day, DanielDaniel Day Hayfield Percussion Began playing percussion at the age of three after his father, a professional drummer bought him a drum set; currently studies at the Chetham's School of Music
Duncumb, JadranJadran Duncumb Ski, Norway Guitar Two time winner of the Norwegian National Youth competition; began playing the Guitar at the age of ten
Edmundson, AlexanderAlexander Edmundson Lytham St Annes French Horn Began playing the French Horn at seven years of age after hearing Mozart’s Horn Concert No 4.; he studies at Chetham's School of Music and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Elliott, DavidDavid Elliott Bournemouth Percussion Began playing percussion at the age of three, and currently studies at the Trinity College of Music after studying at Chetham's School of Music for three years; he held the position of Co Principal in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain percussion section
Foyle, MichaelMichael Foyle Troon Piano Began playing piano at the age of six, and is also a violinist, he has led the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; currently studying at Wellington School
Law, SamSam Law Ballymena Piano Began playing piano at the age of six, and now studies at the Ballymena Academy and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin
Lindsay, HenryHenry Lindsay Amersham Tuba Currently studying at The Purcell School of Music, the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Maria, Cecilia Sultana DeCecilia Sultana De Maria Warminster Harp Began playing the Harp at the age of ten while also playing the Piano and Violin, currently studies at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music
Misirlioğlu, ErdemErdem Misirlioğlu Ipswich Piano Studying at the Northgate High School in Ipswich and the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Molyneux, JimJim Molyneux Littleborough, Greater Manchester Percussion Started playing percussion at the age of seven and is studying at the Chetham's School of Music
Moore, PeterPeter Moore Stalybridge Trombone Started to play the trombone at the age of six. Held the position of Principal Trombone of the National Children’s Band of Great Britain; he is the youngest musician in this year's competition
Rajeshkumar, KausikanKausikan Rajeshkumar Harrow, London Piano Began playing the piano at seven years of age, and currently Studies at The Purcell School of Music; he has received awards for composing, such as Highly Commended at BBC Proms Composers' Competition 2006
Robb, KatherineKatherine Robb Bushey Violin Started playing the Violin at eight after being offered free lessons in her school in Essex; she later became a student at The Purcell School of Music, and was the first violinist in the National Youth Orchestra for 2 years
Rothman, MelanieMelanie Rothman Carshalton Oboe Began playing the Oboe at the age of ten, and is studying at The Purcell School of Music, but also studies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and is Principal Oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain after joining just one year previously
Sasaki, JunJun Sasaki London Cello Began playing the Violin at the age of four, but switched to the Cello at five; he currently studies at Yehudi Menuhin School
Shiner, JosephJoseph Shiner East Brent, Somerset Clarinet Began playing the Clarinet at eight years of age; he has since achieved Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain after two years of membership
Smith, RoccoRocco Smith Fife Flute Began playing the Flute in 2004, his influence being when he heard Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; he studied at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh until 2008. He also plays the Saxophone very well
Stevens, DeliaDelia Stevens Normanton on Soar Percussion Studies at Loughborough High School and was influenced to play percussion after seeing the school orchestra performance
White, MatthewMatthew White Bolton Euphonium Studies at Chetham's School of Music, and was Principal Euphonium with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain


Name Instrument/Category
Bain, FinlayFinlay Bain French Horn
Bager, FredericFrederic Bager Piano
Berry, TomTom Berry Trombone
Dafydd, GlainGlain Dafydd Harp
Denholm, AnneAnne Denholm Harp
Dee, SophieSophie Dee Piano
Douglass, AnnaAnna Douglass French Horn
Greenwood , Chloé Chloé Greenwood Oboe
Halnan , Emma Emma Halnan Flute
Hamilton , Alex Alex Hamilton French Horn
Hewitt-Jones , John John Hewitt-Jones Viola
Landymore , Lucy Lucy Landymore Percussion
Larter , James James Larter Percussion
Moffitt , Sam Sam Moffitt Trumpet
Nok , HuiWai HuiWai Nok Percussion
Norris , Joe Joe Norris Clarinet
Ömeroğlu, LaraLara Ömeroğlu Piano
Pooley , Oliver Oliver Pooley Percussion
Redman, LaviniaLavinia Redman Oboe
Morgan-Rooney, SeánSeán Morgan-Rooney Piano
Smith, KatyKaty Smith Violin
Smart, CallumCallum Smart Violin
Stevens, DeliaDelia Stevens Percussion
Westlake, BenBen Westlake Clarinet
Yang, YuanfanYuanfan Yang Piano


Name Instrument/Category
Boeker, AdamAdam Boeker Piano
Kelly, AlexanderAlexander Kelly Bass Trombone
Barbour-Condini, CharlotteCharlotte Barbour-Condini Recorder
Cox, CharlotteCharlotte Cox Bassoon
Dunn, ChristopherChristopher Dunn Tuba
Grajner-De-Sa, CristianCristian Grajner-De-Sa Violin
Degavino, DominicDominic Degavino Piano
Tocknell, ElizabethElizabeth Tocknell French Horn
Young, ElzbietaElzbieta Young Trumpet
Lee, Hyun-giHyun-gi Lee Percussion
Larter, JamesJames Larter Percussion
Sandelson, JoelJoel Sandelson Cello
Bates, JonathanJonathan Bates E flat Tenor Horn
Black, JordanJordan Black Clarinet
Hwang, JuliaJulia Hwang Violin
Roos, JulietteJuliette Roos Violin
Van Der Heijden, LauraLaura Van Der Heijden Cello
Dunne, LucindaLucinda Dunne Saxophone
O'Toole, LukeLuke O'Toole Flute
Martin James Bartlett Piano
Lopresti, MollyMolly Lopresti Percussion
Rayner, PeterPeter Rayner Percussion
Rayner, RichardRichard Rayner Percussion
Lim, VictorVictor Lim Piano
Yang, YuanfanYuanfan Yang Piano

Bold indicates performer got through to the final
Italics indicates performer was present at the semi-final stage


Name Instrument/Category
Daniel Shao Woodwind
Dogyung Anna Im Strings
Elizaveta Tyun Strings
Ellena Newton Brass
Elliott Gaston-Ross Percussion
Hannah Foster Woodwind
Hayley Parkes Keyboard
Isata Kanneh-Mason Keyboard
Isobel Daws Brass
Jess Gillam Woodwind
Jess Wood Percussion
Julian Trevelyan Keyboard
Juliana Myslov Strings
Lewis Bettles Brass
Martin James Bartlett Keyboard
Matilda Lloyd Brass
Matthew Farthing Percussion
Nick Seymour Woodwind
Ning Hui See Keyboard
Roberto Ruisi Strings
Sophie Westbrooke Recorder
Stefan Beckett Percussion
Tom Highnam Percussion
Will Thomas Brass
William Dutton Strings

Bold indicates performer got through to the final
Italics indicates performer was present at the semi-final stage

Name Instrument/Category
Alexander Bone Saxophone
Freddie Jensen Double bass
Jake Labazzi Trumpet
Sean Payne Saxophone
Tom Smith Saxophone


A. a b c : Extended information used where available.


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External links

  • BBC Young Musician of the Year at BBC Programmes
  • European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
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