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BBC Young Musicians set for Cardiff

The instrument category and semi finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition will take place in Cardiff in March.


The search to find the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year is already under way, and for the first time will be held at the new Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.


Recently, 122 candidates have been whittled down to be heard again at the category finals between 5th—9th March, with the semi-final on Sunday, March 11th at the refurbished venue in the Welsh capital.

453 applications were initially received for 2012 with 404 hopefuls auditioned across the United Kingdom during the regional auditions.


Paul Bullock, series editor, BBC Young Musician said: “We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming a new wave of outstanding young musical talent to Cardiff.

We’re delighted to be returning to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where I’m certain the 25 category finalists will enjoy the outstanding new facilities and the excellent acoustics of the Dora Stoutzker Hall that opened earlier this year."


Five performers per category will perform in front of a panel of respected adjudicators and audience at the category finals, with the five successful category winners going through to the Semi-Final.

From these, just three will be selected to go through to the BBC Young Musician 2012 Final in May.

Audiences at home will not be disappointed as performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC4 and BBC2.

The standard of performance in the category auditions last week was truly astounding!Producer, Rhian Williams


Rhian Williams, producer BBC Young Musician added: "The standard of performance in the category auditions last week was truly astounding!

I'm very much looking forward to hearing the 25 performers selected to go through to the 2012 category finals again when they make their way to Cardiff in March."


To launch the category week, there will be an evening of short recitals on Sunday, March 4th as part of Music Nation Cymru, with performances from past winners including 2008 winner, trombonist Peter Moore.

National trophies

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Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Hitchin Band

March 20 • BASS TROMBONE VACANCY - Hitchin Band (promoted to Championship as of 2019) are looking for a bass trombone player to fill our vacancy. We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.

Milnrow Band

March 20 • 2nd EUPHONIUM and 2 FIRST CLASS CORNET PLAYERS. We have immediate vacancies for a 2nd Euphonium & 2 Cornet players (positions negotiable). We rehearse Mon/Thur 8pm-10pm in our own bandroom in Milnrow, situated just off J21 M62 and accessible via Metrolink.

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor