Young Musician Competition
With the Brexit around the corner taking away al that is good in Britten, it is best to not to take anything for granted. With the annual BBC Young Musician competition just a few steps away, it is clear that we need to make this seriously. We should regard it as something remarkable.
The BBC’s head of music and arts Humphrey Burton launched, 40 years ago, the competition for the young musicians. So young British musicians could compete with the Russians and American. The two countries who were winning all international prizes. For the past four decades, it did just that. Burton’s daughter Clemency presented Prom 3, which was created to celebrate this cultural achievement.
Featuring more than 20 winners and finalists, from the 40 year period. Artist like clarinettist Michael Collins, now one of older artist’s. Working the list to this winner of the contest pianist Lauren Zhang. Big names are peppering the contest showing why this contest is so important. Not just spotting new artists but also maintaining a high level of settled artist. Artists Like violinists Nichola Benedetti and Jennifer Pike, cellists Natalie Clein and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and percussionist Colin Currie. Wouldn’t have been at the high level they are today, without the push they got from performing at the contest.
These concerts were cleverly perceived to promote the music and as well as the musicians. There were four world premieres. Where two were outstanding, and two were just okay.
David Bruce’s technical insertion may have got seen as a technical exercise in layering and excellent tinkering. It had the assurance of a new-classed piece of a classic. Ian Farrington scored two outright hits. A skilfully devised jazz fantasy on of five Gershwin songs entitled Gershwincity. Where five different wind instruments, take there to turn in the spotlight. Closing with a clever arrangement of Saint-Saens’s “The Carnival Of The Animals” for four pianists and the orchestra.
Thanks to the BBC Concert Orchestra, under Andrew Gourlay’s wings, did the honours. Hours of both dazzling and hugely entertaining music that could have been much longer.
Even though this music is not hip-hop, rock, metal or anything else, in today’s radios. It is still worth listening to, and it will be that anyone can enjoy the tunes of classical music. It did for me;
real eye-opening experience.