Alison Balsom joins presenting team for BBC Young Musician 2016

Yesterday, BBC Young Musician announced the line-up for the judging and presenting panels for BBC Young Musician 2016, including trumpeter Alison Balsom
Alison – a former BBC Young Musician finalist – will join Clemency Burton-Hill and Josie D’Arby to present the BBC Young Musician 2016 final on BBC Four, taking place on Sunday 15 May at the Barbican, London. The final will see the three finalists perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alison and Clemency will also present the category finals and semi-final, which will all take place at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, recorded for broadcast on BBC Four, while Josie will present the Jazz Award final.
Alison said: “I’m thrilled to once again to have the privilege of being up close to the extraordinary young musicians that will take part in the BBC Young Musician competition this year. It is an immense achievement for these teenagers to have come this far and be part of what has really become a British institution. Their accomplishments demonstrate that hard work, dedication, courage, flair and imagination continue to be something to really celebrate and be proud of, whilst the rest of us get to share the joy of listening to their performances, and trying to understand how they do what they do at such a mind-bogglingly young age, and often from non-musical backgrounds. I can’t wait to hear every one of our next generation of artists over the next few weeks.”
Watch BBC Young Musician 2016 on BBC Four
· Friday 8 April – Keyboard category final
· Friday 15 April – Woodwind category final
· Friday 22 April – Percussion category final
· Friday 29 April – Brass category final
· Friday 6 May – Strings category final
· Saturday 7 May – semi-final
· Friday 13 May – Jazz Award final
· Sunday 15 May – final
Read the full press release on the BBC website.
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