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Phoenix FM's Young Classical Musician 2009

Following the Finals night of the 1st Phoenix FM Young Classical Musician of the year, tonight's show featured backstage interviews with all of the contestants by Phoenix FM presenter Mike Le Surf.

Sarah Woollatt spoke to Mike following the announcement by judges Mike Frith, Benjamin Grosvenor and Philippa Penkett that she was the overall winner of the 2009 award.

Overture to Cantata 156 - J S Bach

Charlotte Smith spoke to Mike about performing 'Maybe from Annie' and how the contestants coped with the nerves backstage.

Fantasia on Greensleeves - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Rondeau - Henry Purcell

Gloria - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Libera, Robert Prizeman, Ian Tilley, Fiona Pears, based on the Finale of Saint Saens Organ Symphony

Rosie Bloom ackowledged the advice of our judges, and (rightly) mentioned that her accompanist forget to play the introduction he had promised to. Sorry!

You raise me up - as performed by The Salvation Army Band

Sam Hayday had to wait until last to play, he explained to Mike that he had chosen his repertoire as it had many contrasting sections. As for a career in music - watch this space!

Fanfare (1993)  - Milton Babbit 

The Wind Down - Piano Music - Eunadi

William Church explained to Mike that Bach and Brahms was the perfect way to fill 8 minutes and he appreciated that the judges picked up on things that he had worked on. We wish him well with his musical studies at Oxford University.

Fields of Gold - Sting

Sarah Woollatt also won the Senior Woodwind class. She was honest, as were the judges, about the tiniest slip in counting! We can thank X-factor style judging for this modern approach to positive, and sometimes less than positive judging!

Danse Russe from Petrushka - Stravinksy

Dawn Billing spoke to Mike about getting good advice from the judges.

Music from the Big Screen - The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein

Erin Robinson thought the comments were nice and constructive, especially from judge Mike. Erin is going to organise a music camp for all the contestants, and become a psycologist and TV presenter.

Sasha Millwood appreciated the judges comments, and the other performances, and told Mike that all the contestants felt that the competition was tough, in a good way.

We played out the show tonight with Alexander O'Neil's 1980s classic song 'Criticize', which was my way of thanking the judges, in a roundabout kind of way!

Thank you to James Dace and Son, Chelmsford

Thank you, especially to Mike Le Surf for all the fantastic interviews on tonight's show.

Watch this space for the Young Classical Musician 2010!




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