Anna will make her television presenting debut for BBC Young Musician, the biennial classical music competition which returns to our screens in May 2020. Joining her for the TV coverage are past finalists and leading figures from the classical music world. The new date of the live Grand Final will be announced later this year.
The Category Finals were recorded at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and highlights will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer with complementary coverage on Radio 3. The finals of UK’s leading contest for young classical musicians will showcase the best up-and-coming talent in keyboard, woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings.
The series also features star saxophonist and 2016 BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam in conversation with former young musicians and other leading figures who are changing the face of classical music in the UK.
As well as the highlights programmes for BBC Four presented by Anna, the Category Finals will be shown in full on the BBC iPlayer, hosted by Josie d’Arby. The Grand Final is currently planned to be staged in the autumn when the semi-final will also be shown.
The jury is composed of:
General Judge - Angela Dixon
Woodwind - Amy Harman, Piers Adams with TV guest Katherine Bryan
Brass - Katy Woolley, Peter Moore with TV guest David Childs
Strings - Fenella Humphreys, Stephen Fitzpatrick with TV guest Matthew Trusler
Keyboard - Katya Apekisheva, Peter Donohoe with TV guest Leon McCawley
Percussion - Simone Rebello, Julian Warburton with TV guest Owen Gunnell
Semi Final - John Hardy, Chi-chi Nwanoku, Lisa Tregale with TV guest Tim Rhys-Evans