BBC Young Musician of the Year

Bernard Barnett

Novice Member
Just out of interest, is anybody following this on BBC4 this week? I have a horrible feeling that the audience for this kind of material, especially on BBC4, is measurable in the low thousands...Pity as (in my view) it makes wonderful TV.


I can't help think you're being a little optimistic with the viewing figures!

Isn't this just Pop Idol for posh kids??

Bert Coules

Well-known Member
There have have been lots of complaints about this being sidelined, shunted over to a minority-interest channel; interesting in view of the Beeb's announcement today that "in response to audience pressure" they're going to increase the arts coverage at peak times on BBC1 and 2.

I don't care for the new pop-culture tone of the whole thing, and I hate the fact that the competitors are referred to, and addressed, only by their forenames. "And the winner is... Amanda!" is not the way a supposedly serious, classical-music competition should be conducted.


Sammy Jankis

I'd like to see a young musician of the year based on rock music. There are some young talented pop or rock musicians out there and I'd like to see something that recognizes their abilities.


Well-known Member
Sadly Sammy I don't think that'll be happening too soon. The programme itself isn't really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the talent and dedication it takes to reach that level. It's a shame it's been shunted to one of the lesser Beeb channels, but understandably the BBC needs to aim for more populist programming.

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