A thread in celebration of @BBCYoungMus. I think we can all agree that last night’s final really showcased the best of what it means to be a young musician. Creativity, imaginative programming, commitment & the sheer joy of music-making were all present in abundance.
The 3 finalists deserve every ounce of praise we can give them. Playing a televised concerto with a professional orchestra is a big ask at the best of times, let alone following a year of lockdown. To see them treat the music with such respect was unbelievably moving.
The @BBCPhilharmonic made it seem as if playing socially-distanced was the easiest thing in the world. Every person played as if a soloist & yet never lost the sense of a collective unit, moving & breathing together.
That is, of course, largely thanks to the amazing Mark Wigglesworth who not only brought his extraordinary musical brain, but also brought calm, focus, & immense support to all the finalists. What a phenomenal musician.
Huge thanks has to go to the amazing team I had the pleasure of presenting alongside. THANK YOU @JessGillamSax & Josie for your endless smiles, laughter & enthusiasm, & @ndanielmusic for not being afraid to be sincere & show your true emotional response.
I must mention the judges too! How tough to be in that situation, but how eloquent they all were in vocalising their thoughts & praise for all of the finalists. Special thanks to @AngelaDixon_SH for carrying the weight of every decision. I hope you can breathe now!
A personal thanks has to go to @PJB61 @deepblue710 @RhodriHuw1 & @reesanwen for their patience, friendship & trust as I learn how to do this! They are the most wonderful team anyone could hope for & make every day on set a total joy. It’s an honour & a privilege to work with you.
And lastly: there are so many extraordinary people who work tirelessly to make YM happen behind the scenes. Every single one does it because they believe in these young people & the power of music. We HAVE to keep fighting for the music industry we know & love ❤️
(Can you tell I’m missing everyone just a little bit?!)

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