Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison - Grand Final judge

Richard Morrison is the chief music critic of The Times, and also writes a wide-ranging weekly column about cultural and social matters.

Born and bred in London, he studied music at Cambridge University, and began his working life as a pianist, organist and trombonist. However, he was quickly drawn into the world of music journalism.

He was appointed deputy editor of Classical Music magazine in 1978, music critic for The Listener in 1982, and deputy editor of Early Music in 1983. He became music critic of The Times in 1984. From 1989 to 1999 he also edited the paper's arts pages. His centenary history of the London Symphony Orchestra received wide acclaim.

He devotes most of his spare time to music-making in north London.


Other Judges

Nicola Benedetti - Grand Final judge

Nicola Benedetti

BBC's Young Musician of the Year in 2004.


Richard Morrison - Grand Final judge

Richard Morrison

Columnist and Chief music critic of The Times.


Paul Daniel - Grand Final judge

Paul Daniel

Awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year's Honours list.


Catrin Finch - Grand Final judge (photo:David Hiscock)

Catrin Finch

Former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.


Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Orchestrator and conductor for Doctor Who.



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