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The Final, 2018

Paul Gambaccini welcomes the three music lovers who have come through heats and semi-finals unscathed to compete for the 2018 Counterpoint trophy.

After a three-month knockout tournament, the trio of successful competitors gathers for the 2018 Counterpoint Final, recorded at the BBC Proms. Paul Gambaccini asks the questions in the contest that decides who will lift the trophy as the 32nd BBC Counterpoint champion.

The standard is high, and the competitors will be asked to show in-depth knowledge (or make intelligent guesses!) on a range of musical genres from chamber music and ballet to show tunes, jazz and classic soul. The engraved Counterpoint silver salver trophy awaits the winner.

The Finalists are:
Bill Cawley, a supermarket worker from Staffordshire
David Sherman, a hospital administrator from Essex
Jack Spearing, a student from north Hertfordshire.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

28 minutes

Last on

Sat 3 Nov 2018 23:00

Music Played

  • Counterpoint Programme 13 - The Final

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Michael Nyman

    Diary Of Love

    • MNRCD-103.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The King's Campaign

    Performer: Alexander Blok. Performer: Vassily Savenko.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67274.
  • Herbie Mann

    Memphis Underground

    • 813642-7567.
  • Paul Weller

    On Days Like These

  • Benjamin Britten

    Alpine suite for recorder trio

    Performer: Catherine Fleming. Performer: Fiona Russell. Performer: Ian Wilson.
    • Dutton.
    • CDLX 7142.
  • Robert Russell Bennett

    Cake Walk

    Performer: Clark Rundell. Performer: Royal Northern College of Music.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN10916.
  • Aretha Franklin

  • Aretha Franklin


    • Warner.
    • 09274-70542.
  • Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin

    Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

    • RCA.
    • PD-74856.
  • Musical Inventions

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

    Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Sony Classical.
    • SB2K89778.
  • Miklós Rózsa


    Conductor: Ray Heindorf. Performer: The Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra.
    • Stanyan.
    • STZ116-2.
  • Conflict & Music

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Egmont Overture

    Conductor: Wyn Morris. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • IMP.
    • PCDS 3.
  • The Pogues

    And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

    • Warner Brothers.
    • 1-1.


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