Young East Midlands Musicians Take First Step in National Competition
talented young musicians from the East Midlands will take a big step in their
musical careers on Friday, June 27, 2003, at the local auditions for the
prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition which will take place at
the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre.
come from across the region and include pianists, woodwind, brass and string
entrants will progress through the regional finals, quarter finals and
semi-finals and may reach the Final to be held in May 2004 at The Usher Hall
Edinburgh, when they will be required to play a concerto with a professional
semi-finals and Final are followed avidly by millions of music lovers throughout the
country through the BBC television and radio coverage they receive.
quarter and semi-final stages are open to the public and will be held in
December 2003 and February 2004 in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music &
Drama in Glasgow.
biennial BBC Young Musicians’ competition has become widely regarded as
Britain’s leading classical music event for young people.
Established in 1978 by Humphrey Burton and the late Walter Todds of BBC
Television’s Music Department it has consistently attracted musicians of
outstanding talent, many of whom have since won international acclaim.
Richard Attenborough Centre has numbered several finalists among those who have
given recitals there, including the renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson, the
cellist Guy Johnston who was overall winner in 2000, the pianist Ron Abramski
and – more recently as part of its New Musical Generation series sponsored by
HSBC – trumpeter Alison Balsom.
June 28, the day after the BBC Young
Musician of the Year auditions, the Richard Attenborough Centre will welcome
another finalist, oboist Elizabeth Couling, to give a recital of music by
Telemann, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and York Bowen.
Director of the Richard Attenborough Centre Dr Eleanor Hartley commented: “We are delighted to host the first round of the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. The Richard Attenborough Centre has a particular interest in encouraging young musicians. We have always received an excellent audience response when past finalists have come here to perform, and we welcome our involvement with another aspect of this famous springboard for new young talent.”
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Photographs and interviews will be welcomed, but please note that no
photographs are to be taken during the auditions themselves. 15-minute
picture and interview opportunities can be arranged in advance through the
University Press Office for 10.45 am, 12.00 noon, 1.45 pm and 3.30 pm.
information is available from:
Eleanor Hartley, Richard Attenborough Centre, tel 0116 252 2455, fax 0116 252
5165, email RACentre@le.ac.uk.
Mitchell, BBC Young Musician of the Year Assistant Administrator, mobile 07739
920 105, office tel 020 8576 2825, website www.bbc.co.uk/youngmusicians
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