2012 events

Last updated: 13 January 2012

Regional Auditions

September-October 2011

All eligible entrants will be invited to perform at the Regional Auditions which will take place at 7 venues around the UK (dates and venues to be confirmed):

Belfast
Bristol
Cardiff
Glasgow
London
Manchester
Newcastle

You may choose your own programme which should not exceed 10 minutes, including tuning breaks and breaks between movements. Your time starts when you enter the audition room. If you exceed this time limit you may be stopped by the BBC representative.

A piano will be provided for accompanists: no other instrument will be provided as an accompanying instrument.

The Regional Auditions will be closed to the public and may be recorded for reference.

Category Auditions

December 2011

The Category Auditions will take place at a venue to be advised.

Approximately 150 successful entrants from the Regional Auditions will be invited to compete in the Category Auditions.

You may choose your own programme which should not exceed 15 minutes, including tuning breaks and breaks between movements. Your time starts when you enter the audition room. If you exceed this time limit you may be stopped by the BBC representative.

A piano will be provided for accompanists; no other instrument will be provided as an accompanying instrument.

You may play one piece that you played in the Regional Auditions. You may also perform another movement from the same work. The Category Auditions will be closed to the public and recorded for reference and possible broadcast.

Five performers per category will be selected to go through to the Category Finals.

Category Finals

5-9 March 2012

The Category Finals will take place in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's new concert hall, Cardiff.

Five performers per category will perform in front of a panel of adjudicators and audience. The Category Finals will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four.

You may choose your own programme which should not exceed 20 minutes, including tuning breaks and breaks between movements. Your time starts when you enter the concert hall.

A piano will be provided for accompanists: no other instrument will be provided as an accompanying instrument.

You may play one piece that you played in the Regional or Category Auditions. You may also perform another movement from the same work.

Each category winner will receive £1,000 and a place in the BBC Young Musician Semi-Final.

Semi-Final

11 March, 2012

The Semi-Final will take place in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's new concert hall, Cardiff.

The five category winners will perform in front of a panel of adjudicators and audience. The Semi-Final will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Two.

You will perform the same programme as the Category Final OR should you wish, you may change one piece in your programme. This can be a piece that you played in the Regional or Category Auditions or the Category Final. However, there is no obligation to change your programme.

The programme should not exceed 20 minutes, including tuning breaks and breaks between movements. Your time starts when you enter the concert hall. A piano will be provided for accompanists; no other instrument will be provided as an accompanying instrument.

Three performers will be selected to go through to the BBC Young Musician 2012 Final.

BBC Young Musician Final

13 May, 2012

The Final will take place on 13 May, 2012 (venue to be announced) in front of a panel of adjudicators and audience. The Final will be broadcast on BBC Two.

You will play a concerto of your choice (or work for solo instrument and orchestra) which may not exceed 30 minutes - there will be no exceptions to this rule. The performance order will be decided by the BBC.

The winner will be awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012, a prize of £2,000 and a specially commissioned trophy.

Each Finalist will also receive the support of a two-year aftercare scheme paid for by the BBC and run by the Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT).

The Walter Todds Bursary

In memory of the late Walter Todds, founder of BBC Young Musician, a total bursary of £1,000 will be allocated at the discretion of the BBC to the performer or performers who show great promise but do not reach the Final.


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