Success at BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award

-Posted on 28.01.2016

Academy jazz students are four out of five finalists

BBC Young Musician, the UK’s leading contest for young musicians, today revealed its five 2016 Jazz Award finalists.

The four finalists with Academy connections are

  • Tom Ridout, saxophone and recorder
    (age 21, fourth-year undergraduate)
  • Tom Smith, saxophone
    (age 20, second-year undergraduate)
  • Alexandra Ridout, trumpet
    (age 17, Junior Jazz student)
  • Noah Stoneman, piano
    (age 15, Junior Jazz student)

The five finalists be accompanied by the Gwilym Simcock Trio, who will also be working with and mentoring the finalists as they rehearse. Gwilym studied classical piano at the Academy; the other members of his trio are bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer James Maddren, another Academy alumnus.

Alexander Bone, the winner of the first BBC Young Musician Jazz Award in 2014 and himself now a student at the Academy, will also perform in the 2016 final.

All five of the 2014 finalists – Alexander Bone, Jake Labazzi, Freddie Jenson, Sean Payne and Tom Smith – are now studying in the Academy’s Jazz Department or with Junior Jazz.

Jazz at the Academy, under the leadership of Nick Smart, has a reputation for producing an outstanding array of exciting, versatile, creative and employable jazz musicians.

Junior Jazz, a specialist Saturday jazz musicianship course for 14 to 18 year olds, is led by Gareth Lockrane.

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