TROMBONIST ISOBEL DAWS WINS BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018 BRASS FINAL

18-year-old trombonist Isobel Daws, who studies in Manchester, has won the Brass Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 and will progress through to the Semi-Final of the competition.

The BBC Young Musician Brass Final was broadcast on BBC Four this evening (Friday 27 April) and will be available to view again on the BBC iPlayer. The Brass finalists were: 17-year-old trumpet and flugelhorn player Will Thomas, 18-year-old bass trombonist Michaias Berlouis, 15-year-old French horn player Annemarie Federle, 18-year-old trombonist Sam Dye, and Isobel Daws.

The expert panel of judges for the Brass Final were Simon Cowen, principal trombonist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Cox, trumpeter, arranger and publisher, and Chair of the Jury, composer Kerry Andrew.

BBC Young Musician 2018 will run weekly until the Grand Final on Sunday 13 May, with complementary coverage on BBC Radio 3. The five Category Finals (Strings, Percussion, Woodwind, Brass and Keyboard) are presented on television by Josie D’Arby. Josie will be joined by BBC Young Musician 1998 finalist, trumpeter Alison Balsom and BBC Young Musician 2004 winner, violinist Nicola Benedetti to present the Semi-Final. Each Category comprises of five finalists, who each perform in front of an audience and a specialist panel of adjudicators at the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. One musician from each Category Final will go through to the Semi-Final, with three going through to the Grand Final.

The Grand Final will take place at Symphony Hall Birmingham on Sunday 13 May, accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. It will be broadcast later the same day on BBC Four presented by Clemency Burton-Hill, Josie D’Arby with Alison Balsom, and also on BBC Radio 3, presented by Kate Molleson.

 

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