BBC Young Musicians

YCAT provides an aftercare scheme for the finalists of the BBC Young Musician competition, offering them expert advice and guidance on career development.


To book a BBC Young Musician, please contact Helen Carvell:
020 7379 8477

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello: Winner, BBC Young Musician 2016

Programme Name: BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2016 - TX: 15/05/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, from Nottingham, has been named the Winner of BBC Young Musician 2016. Sheku Kanneh-Mason - (C) BBC - Photographer: Mark Allan
Image © BBC – Photographer: Mark Allan

Sheku won BBC Young Musician in 2016 with his performance of Shostakovich’s Cello
Concerto No. 1, which was praised as ‘electric’ by the jury. A pupil at Trinity Catholic School
in Nottingham, Sheku also attends the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department where
he studies with Ben Davies.

Fur further details and to book Sheku, contact Kathryn Enticott at

Jess Gillam, saxophone: Concerto Finalist, BBC Young Musician 2016


In 2016, Jess became the first-ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young
Musician. Based in Ulverston, Cumbria, Jess commences her undergraduate studies at the
Royal Northern College of Music this September, and performance recitals and concertos
throughout the UK.

Ben Goldscheider, horn: Concerto Finalist, BBC Young Musician 2016

Image © BBC

Keen to promote the horn as a solo instrument, this autumn Ben takes up a sought-after place
at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. Upcoming concerto highlights include Strauss with
the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Mozart with the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

Alexandra Ridout, trumpet: Winner, BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016


Alexandra won the Jazz Award following her performance with the Gwilym Simcock Trio. A student at
the Purcell School and Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, last summer she was selected to
attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California. She performs widely as part of the
Alexandra Ridout Quintet.

Martin James Bartlett, piano: Winner, BBC Young Musician 2014


Since his winning performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in
2014, highlights for Martin have included his BBC Proms debut with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, and concertos with Bournemouth Symphony and BBC
Concert Orchestras.