Looking ahead to Beaminster Festival 2019……

Two BBC Young Musicians in one day!

Emma Johnson won BBC Young Musician in 1984 at the age of 17 and Lauren Zhang in 2018 when only 16.  It is to the credit of Beaminster Festival that we have managed to host most of the BBC Young Musicians over the years, including Sheku Kanneh Mason and Jess Gillam, winner and runner up in 2016.

Few who followed the 2018 BBC Young Musician will forget the astonishing performance on the piano by the winner, then 16 years old, Lauren Zhang.  Judges lauded her musical intelligence of a quality far beyond her years.  True to our tradition of encouraging young players, Beaminster Festival has invited Lauren to join the long list of BBC Young Musician alumni.  This huge programme promises to be an unforgettable performance and includes Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin.

Emma Johnson, clarinet, also won BBC Young Musician at a young age and is one of the few clarinettists to have gone to make a real career.  Emma is known not only for her peerless performances of the gems of the clarinet repertoire, but also for her innovative collaborations with other musicians. In this concert, she teams up with the superb musicians, John Lenehan, piano and Paul Clarvis, percussion , to explore some of the elements – ragtime, cakewalk, popular song, habanera, negro spirituals- which fused together to create jazz at the beginning of the 20th century.  Emma will introduce all the pieces in an entertaining and informative programme of music to get your feet tapping and your fingers clicking.

Watch this space for further details of an immensely exciting programme!

Lois Pearson, Artistic Director 

Phone: 01308 862943

Email: info@beaminsterfestival.com