It appears that our head judge, Kerry Andrew, just can’t keep herself out of the news…

This week, it was announced that she will be the cross-category judge for the BBC Young Musician 2018 competition.

BBC Young Musician, the UK’s leading contest for young classical musicians celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018 with a host of special activities including a special BBC Four documentary, a new series of podcasts, an exciting line-up of presenters and judges, and the first ever BBC Young Musician Prom.

Each of the competition rounds is judged by an expert panel of musicians and Kerry Andrew, this year’s BBC Ten Pieces III commissioned composer, will be the cross-category judge throughout the competition.

She will be joined by the following judges:

  • Strings: Double bassist Leon Bosch, violinist Jennifer Pike and guitarist Miloš Karadaglić
  • Percussion: Owen Gunnell and Daniella Ganeva
  • Woodwind: Clarinettist Emma Johnson and flutist Juliette Bausor
  • Brass: Simon Cowen and Simon Cox
  • Keyboard: Tom Poster and Ronan O’Hora
  • Semi-Final: Conductor Jessica Cottis, cellist and Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Julian Lloyd Webber and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chair of the ABO, Gavin Reid

Kerry Andrew told BBC Young Musician 2018,

“I’m a big fan of BBC Young Musician and watch it every year. It’s a national institution, and an important showcase for our country’s young classical talent, as well as providing a springboard for many who go on to glittering careers. It’s a huge honour to be asked to be a judge, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing the UK’s best and brightest young performers.”

We wish her the very best of luck in this fantastic role.