BBC Young Musician 2012 reaches a thrilling crescendo, as the three gifted finalists make a bid to become the eighteenth winner of this coveted title. For the first time since 2006, the biennial event returns to The Sage Gateshead, where the three finalists perform a concerto of their choice with the Northern Sinfonia, under acclaimed conductor Kirill Karabits. Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the competitors' performances and documentary profiles. Joining her, providing insightful comment and analysis of the music, are special guests - the distinguished and hugely popular composer Eric Whitacre and rising classical guitar star, Milos Karadaglic. Josie D'Arby presents from backstage, meeting the competitors and getting reactions before and after their performances. Previous BBC Young Musician winners and finalists have gone on to major international careers, with the likes of Jennifer Pike, Guy Johnston and Nicola Benedetti now enjoying enormous success as soloists and recording artists. The competition's last triumphant winner - pianist Lara Melda - also gives a guest performance at this final.
Expect tension, drama and some truly astonishing music-making.