3 April 2012

Talented young musicians set to perform at festival event

SOME of the most talented young musicians in the country are set to head to the town for an event which forms a special part of Bromsgrove Festival.

Described by organisers as Bromsgrove’s best kept secret, the Young Musicians Platform sees talented musicians from an international field, come to the town to compete.

The difficultly of the competition was seen when in 1999, cellist Guy Johnston was runner up in the platform but a year later became the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year.

The first round of the competition is taking place over two days, April 12-13, at the New Guesten Hall at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, where the entire event is taking place.

The second round takes place on Saturday, April 14, while the semi finals will be held on Sunday morning, April 15.

After the semi finals there will be just three competitors left, who will face each other at the final concert being held on the Sunday evening from 7pm.

Entrance is free to the early rounds, up to the semi final, which takes place between 9.30am and 6pm.

Tickets cost £15 for the final concert.

The next event in the month-long festival is also being held at the New Guesten Hall on Wednesday, April 18, commencing at 7pm.

Ken Russell’s acclaimed 1968 film Song of Summer is being shown, and this will then be followed by a concert.

The recital is being given by the Sitkovetsky Duo of Alexander Sitkovetsky, on violin, and Wu Qian, on piano.

Bromsgrove Festival chairman Mary White said: “How appropriate that Alexander returning to Bromsgrove for the third time, immediate follows the platform.

“He was first prize winner of the platform in 2006.”

For more information on the festival or to book tickets, call 01527 876504.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser