It’s not often we find ourselves on the same side of the barricades with Julian Lloyd Webber on two consecutive major issues but – as with the London concerthall farce – Julian has called out the BBC for losing Young Musiain of the Year in its schedules and ending live transmission of any of the rounds, even of this afternoon’s final.
It is – as we’ve pointed out – a hopeless bureaucratic cock-up, like so much else in the BBC’s classical management.
Julian goes further in a Times article. (Tonight), he writes, the BBC will screen the final of its Young Musician 2016 competition. This will probably come as news to you as the BBC has been systematically downgrading its invaluable showcase for young classical musicians to the point where it now comes and goes almost unnoticed. This is hard on the competition’s brilliant participants who nowadays find it increasingly difficult to get any exposure for their talent and for the results of their countless hours of gruelling practice.