BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016




The BBC Young Musician Award has revealed its 2016 jazz award finalists and details of the competition final with pianist Gwilym Simcock

Following an extensive audition process judges have announced the five musicians who will go through to this year's final, which will take place on Saturday 12 March 2016 in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

The 2016 Jazz Award Finalists are:

Alexandra Ridout - trumpet (17 years old)

Tom Ridout - saxophone and recorder (21 years old)

Tom Smith - saxophone (20 years old)

Noah Stoneman - piano (15 years old)

Elliott Sansom - piano (21 years old)

Brother and sister Tom and Alexandra Ridout play saxophone and recorder, and trumpet respectively; saxophonist Tom Smith appeared in the final of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award in 2014; two jazz pianists, Noah Stoneman and Elliot Sansom, complete the line-up. Following its successful launch in 2014, the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award runs alongside the established classical music format and aims to showcase another group of exceptional young musicians to audiences across the UK.

The jazz award consists of two audition stages and the final, which will be broadcast on BBC Four. In the final the five musicians will once again be accompanied by the Gwilym Simcock Trio, who will be working with and mentoring the finalists as they rehearse.

The winner of the first BBC Young Musician Jazz Award was saxophonist Alexander Bone (pictured above right receiving his award in 2014), who will be performing at the 2016 final. Since winning the award, Bone has continued to pursue jazz and electronic music, playing, producing and arranging with artists including Nile Rodgers. Other highlights included performing at the last night of the Proms in Swansea in 2015 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He is currently studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music.

Now in its 38th year, BBC Young Musician award is a part of the BBC’s ongoing commitment to supporting and providing a platform for new and emerging talent. Since its first outing in 1978 the competition has established a reputation for finding outstanding new talent.

Gwilym Simcock (pictured left by Brian Payne) said: "I'm really looking forward to working with the exciting young musicians who've made it to the final. Last time around it was an absolute pleasure to develop the music with the finalists - and every single one of them not only worked really hard during the mentoring process, but also played wonderfully on the night. I know this time around will be just as great and I can't wait to hear them all play!"

Alexander Bone said: "The whole BBC Young Musician experience was incredibly inspiring and exciting. Winning was a big unexpected bonus, but getting through to the final was huge in itself for me. Since the competition, I’ve continued pursuing my jazz studies and career and have thankfully had some opportunities I'm very grateful for. To this year’s finalists, I would say just go for it - be creative, be yourself and enjoy the experience!"

More details about the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award can be found on Twitter - @bbcyoungmus - and on Facebook at BBCYoungMusician.

Bruce Lindsay


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