7 artists join BBC’s New Generation

7 artists join BBC’s New Generation


norman lebrecht

May 24, 2022

The latest batch to be picked as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists are Scottish accordionist Ryan Corbett, English countertenor Hugh Cutting and Scottish jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie.

Together with international entrants: Colombian cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia, Berlin’s Leonkoro Quartet, New Zealand violinist Geneva Lewis and South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (pictured).

The scheme has a 23-year track record in launching classical careers.


  • Bostin'Symph says:

    Congratulations to the new cohort. May your careers be long, happy and successful!

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    And well done, the BBC and Radio 3, for a long and successful scheme! Thank you for using your influence and money to support classical music.

  • Antwerp Smerle says:

    Great news that music-lovers in the UK will get to hear lots more of the outstanding Leonkoro Quartet from Germany, who have already won the Wigmore Hall and Bordeaux competitions this year. Their playing is truly wonderful.

  • Larry says:

    I wasn’t aware that they included jazz artists. Great news!

  • christopher storey says:

    Let’s get one thing straight : this is not the BBC’s money , it is money extorted from the licence payers who by definition come from the United Kingdom. I have always wondered why when we have so many talented young musicians who are from the United Kingdom, and who at this time in particular need support , it is necessary for my money to be applied predominantly to artists who are resident in other countries

    • Mel Cadman says:

      The ‘logic’ of an evidently BRITISH institution supporting young artists from anywhere in the world also escapes me. It’s a bit like the logic of offering delightful Russian oligarchs all sorts of subsidies and incentives to settle here. We pretend to ignore the wider impact of how this detrimentally affects indigent artists by, for example, introducing additional competition to what is already a very tight market for locals and distributing British-sourced funds to non-indigents. Who is responsible for creating this? Good to see that 2 Scots have managed to get its support.

  • Althea T-H says:

    So, when are the auditions held? I have never heard of any.

    Also, to what extent is it correct to use British Licence Fee-payers’ de facto tax money to launch the careers of musicians from outside the UK?

    The whole set-up reeks of unchallenged patronage. I happen to know of one violinist who was shoehorned onto the scheme, as the result of a well-placed telephone call.

    If anyone can rebut my points, please do so, below. I would like to have a higher opinion of this outfit than I currently enjoy.

  • Elizabeth Mills says:

    How do I nominate a young cellist for next year please?