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Nicola Benedetti
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Stages of the Competition
There are 5 stages of the competition:
  • Stage 1 - Regional Auditions
  • Stage 2 - Regional Finals
  • Stage 3 - Quarter Finals
  • Stage 4 - Semi Finals
  • Stage 5 - Final
In Stages 1-4 you will need to play a 15 minute varied programme of music. In Stage 5 you will perform a concerto no longer than 25 minutes.

In Stages 1, 2 and 3 you must provide the adjudicators with a copy of the music you will play.

In Stages 3 or 4 you may play one piece of music that you played in Stages 1 or 2. You may also perform another movement from the same work.

During Stages 2, 3 and 4 you must play at least one movement from a work written within the last 10 years by a living composer.

Stages 1 and 2:
For these stages you must audition at the venue in or nearest to the town/area of your full-time or term-time residence. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

All details of music for Stages 1 & 2 should be filled in on the entry form, including the publisher and timing of each work.

Provisional dates for Stage 1:

24 June - Glasgow
25 June - Belfast
26 June - Gateshead
27 June - Leicester
28 June - Leeds
29 June - Birmingham
1 July - Cardiff
2 July - Cambridge
3 – 7 July - Manchester (to include percussion)
9 & 10 July - Bristol
11 - 15 July - London

NB All the above dates are provisional and subject to change. Dates for Stages 2 to 5 will be announced in due course.

Stage 3: Quarter-Finals
All performers reaching the Quarter-Finals must bring notification of their chosen concerto/concerti for the Final (if selected) to the Quarter-Finals.
All performers reaching the Safety Net/Quarter-Finals must send details of their programmes for Stages 3 & 4 by 22 October 2007

Stage 4: Semi-Finals
All performers reaching the Semi Finals must bring a recording of them playing their chosen concerto/concerti to the Semi-Finals in order to prove that they can play this within the 25 minute time limit.

Stage 5: Final
Those who get to the Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year should note that they will be playing with a professional orchestra. As the rehearsal time is limited the BBC will be strict about the duration of your chosen concerto/concerti which must not exceed 25 minutes; you will not be allowed to make any cuts in order to fit the time constraints. Therefore we ask you to think hard about what you will be playing. The order of the performance in the Final will be decided by the BBC.

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