BBC Young Musician 2012: Category Finals

7:30pm Friday 27 April on BBC FOUR

The strings category finals are up next in BBC Young Musician 2012 and this week Julia Hwang (violin), Joel Sandelson (cello), Juliette Roos (violin), Laura Van Der Heijden (cello) and Cristian Grajner-Se Sa (violin) go head-to-head in the hope of winning the category to perform again in the BBC Young Musician 2012 Semi-Final.

Join presenter Clemency Burton-Hill as she goes behind the scenes to give us all the news, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive highlights from their performances. Giving their verdicts on the evening’s five performers will be principal cellist of the Welsh National Opera Rosie Biss and leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lesley Hatfield. General adjudicator across the category finals is conductor Gareth Jones.

Not only has the event become one of the BBC’s longest-running music series, it also has a special place in the cultural life of the UK. Over 450 applications were received for 2012, with 404 hopefuls auditioned across the United Kingdom during the regional stages.

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