I live in the UK and thought you would all like to know that something rather special and very exciting happened on the BBC Young Musician of the Year program tonight. It was the final and five instrumentalists in different categories made it through including a 12 year old violinist. She played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and was so fantastically wonderful and it wasn't just because of her age.
She ended up WINNING this event, one of the most prestigious music competitions in the UK which only runs every two years and has run since 1984. The other competitors were in their late teens or early 20s.
Absolutely incredible - do watch it if you get it on Satellite or Digital. Her name is Jennifer Pike - still can't believe it - winning the whole show - the youngest ever winner - 12 years old. And the Royal Academy of Music lent her their Stradivarius violin for the competition because she has only just graduated to a full size violin and she didn't yet have a really good instrument of her own. She is studying at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester at present and no doubt will be for the next six or seven years before she takes off on her international career.
I just had to share this.