National Learn To Play Day


On Saturday 24th June 2017, BLT Music held its first Young Musician of the Year Competition in the beautiful surroundings of Stowe School.

Over 30 talented musicians applied for a place in the Grand Final with the final 6 successfully making it through to perform to a live audience and a panel of judges: Clive Fairbairn (New Mozart Orchestra); Aileen Douthwaite (Freelance Music Consultant); Nick Smart (Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music). The quality of the performances was extremely high and we are pleased to announce the winners:

1st: Alex Pullen – Marimba (St Clement Danes School)

2nd: Michael Carey – Electric Guitar (Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe)

3rd: Jasmine Brown – Alto Saxophone (The Beaconsfield School)

You will be able to see Alex Pullen perform with the BCYO at the Royal Albert Hall next Summer while Michael and Jasmine will both feature as guest soloists in events in Buckinghamshire over the course of next year!

We would also like to thank Jane Smith of Seer Green school; Karen Wallace of Dawkes Music; and the ABRSM for their generous donation of prizes to the top three placed winners.

We would like to offer our huge congratulations to all who took part in the competition; we were hugely impressed by the quality of the music on display.