The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham (THSH) are delighted to be performing in and hosting the BBC Young Musician 2018 Grand Final on Sunday 13 May at Symphony Hall Birmingham, as the competition celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Mark Wigglesworth will conduct the CBSO in the Final, which begins at 4pm. The Grand Final will also be broadcast on BBC Four at 7pm and on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm.

Both the CBSO and THSH have a commitment to supporting young talented artists and regularly work with previous winners, including violinist Nicola Benedetti, BBC Young Musician Ambassador and 2017’s THSH Artist-in-Residence. Benedetti will perform with the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in June 2018, and returns to the city in May 2019 with the internationally acclaimed Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a performance at Symphony Hall.

This year, the most recent winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason recorded his performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 with the CBSO and Gražinytė-Tyla at Symphony Hall as part of his hit debut album Inspiration, which also featured the CBSO Cellos. Sheku will return to make a guest performance at this year’s BBC Young Musician Final, in addition to returning to Birmingham in 2019 as part of the Birmingham Classical 18-19 Season.

THSH has hosted previous winners and finalists including Peter Moore, Laura van der Heijden, and Martin James Bartlett. The CBSO also regularly works with previous winners including Freddy Kempf, Jennifer Pike, and finalists including Alison Balsom and Benjamin Grosvenor. Adrian Spilett, who was the first (and to date the only) percussionist to win the title of BBC Young Musician is now the CBSO’s Percussion Section Leader.

The TV and radio broadcasts of the Grand Final will also be available to watch and listen again on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days from 13 May.


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