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This year the Bath pump rooms will host the annual Bath young musician of the year contest. The competition is run almost identical to the BBC’s young musician of the year contest but on a smaller scale with its main theme being to judge on musical expertise and excellence.

The first stage of the contest was held during the Mid Somerset music festival and from the many musicians that entered and performed for judges only 5 got through to the finals. The only requirements that the competition asks for is that entrants to be under the age of 21 and either study or live within a 15 mile radius of Bath. The judging is carried out and adjudicated by three very experienced and accomplished musicians.

The contest has been active for twenty three years now and continues to grow from strength to strength each year. The final contestants this year are:-

Ruth Knight on Flute

Ruth Lamerton on Clarinet

Natasha Michael on Viola

Finn Shields on Piano

Oliver Sourbut on Tenor Horn

As per usual the winner from last year will be performing at the event to show the standard of musicianship required to win the contest. Admission is free to the contest and tickets can be obtained from many different venues around the city. There is an abundance of wonderful Bath Bed and Breakfast establishments within the area that will make your stay very enjoyable. Be aware that should you be seeking Bath Accommodation for the event it is best to book well in advance especially for this busy weekend.

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