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Percussion Category Final

Episode 2 of 8

Percussionist Joby Burgess joins Josie d'Arby as the competition continues with the five multi-instrumentalists in the percussion category final.

Percussionist Joby Burgess joins Josie d'Arby as the competition continues with the multi-instrumentalists in the percussion category final of BBC Young Musician 2018.

Since it was first held in 1978, BBC Young Musician has showcased the UK's brightest and best musical talent. The young musicians in the percussion category hoping to earn a place in the overall semi-final are: 18-year-old Tom Hall; Toril Azzalini-Machecler from Horsham who is 16; from Devon, 17-year-old Meadow Brooks; 15-year-old Alexander Pullen; and 17-year-old Matthew Brett from Crewe, a category finalist from two years ago.

The five finalists need to impress the panel of judges: chair of the jury composer Kerry Andrew is joined by Bulgarian-born Daniella Ganeva, a pioneer of solo percussion and one of the finest marimba artists of our time, and Owen Gunnell, a BBC Young Musician finalist who has gone on to have a successful and varied career with performances all over the world.

With extensive performance highlights, the programme goes behind the scenes as the five finalists bring modern repertoire to life on stage at the brand new concert hall in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. There's even a world premiere with a piece by British composer Jan Bradley especially for one of tonight's competitors.

The competition continues weekly on BBC Four, as 25 of the UK's most talented young musicians compete in the strings, percussion, woodwind, brass and keyboard finals. The winners will take their place in the semi-final and compete for a chance to perform in the grand final at Birmingham's Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. One will be named BBC Young Musician 2018.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07


    Do You Know Where You're Coming From? (Original Mix) (feat. M‐Beat)


Role Contributor
Presenter Josie d'Arby
Interviewed Guest Joby Burgess
Producer Laura-Jane McRae
Executive Producer Paul Bullock
Series Producer Martyn Stevens
Production Manager Jo Marks