In the grand final, each musician was tasked with playing a 16-minute set, which included at least one piece they had written or arranged themselves. Xhosa played Moving Ladywood; I Cover The Waterfront (Johnny Green); and Moment’s Notice (John Coltrane). Moving Ladywood was an original composition. All contestants were backed by an outstanding band, consisting of Paula Gardiner (bass), Asaf Sirkis (drums), and led by Gwilym Simcock (piano).
Colette Maze was born in 1915 and has played the piano for over a century. Here she shares her love of the instrument and her secrets to growing old.
Teenage pianist Lauren Zhang has won the BBC’s prestigious Young Musician competition, just days before she starts her GCSEs. The 16-year-old took the title after playing Prokofiev’s challenging Piano Concerto No 2, accompanied the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lauren started learning piano at the age of four, and is also an accomplished violinist. The musician moved to the UK in 2010, bringing her family with her, after winning a place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer. The group is led by James Rose, who has cerebral palsy and conducts using a baton strapped to his head. His fellow musicians have conditions such as blindness, autism and partial deafness.
The low-key concert is aimed at children and adults with autism, sensory impairments and learning disabilities; and will be signed for those with hearing difficulties.
Band Chvrches have donated money to a project which encourages girls to get into the music industry after it lost its funding. Girls Rock Glasgow failed to secure sponsorship from Creative Scotland – which led to concerns its summer school wouldn’t go ahead this year. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry said the project shows girls there are “options for them” in the music industry.
Girls Rock Glasgow, which started in 2014, is an organisation which runs a summer school where girls can learn instruments, form a band, make art and merchandise.