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Jordan Ashman Wins BBC Young Musician Contest 2022

BBC Young Musician Contest 2022: Jordan Ashman, a percussionist who is 18 years old, has won the prestigious BBC Young Musician competition.

After playing Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, which called for him to use drums, a marimba, a vibraphone, and even a car’s brake drum, he won the championship.

Anna Lapwood, chair of the judging panel, said his “emotional” performance “made all of us catch our breath”.

Ashman joins past Young Musician Award winners Nicola Benedetti and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, both cellists.

The adolescent from Milton, Cambridgeshire, began playing the drums when he was seven years old and then transitioned to symphonic percussion after helping his father construct a 3.5-octave xylophone.

“Obviously they’re quite expensive,” he said. “So my dad, being an engineer, was a bit like, ‘We’ll just make one’.”

He presently attends the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has performed with the National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, and National Youth Brass Band.

When his triumph was revealed, Ashman was speechless but still managed to congratulate his family and friends in the crowd.

“Getting support from home, it’s just [incredible]”, he told host Jess Gillam, herself a finalist in the 2016 Young Musician competition.

Later, after gathering his thoughts, Ashman said taking part in the contest had been “very scary” but “really exciting”.

“I really feel like it’s a great opportunity to show what percussion can do,” he added. “A lot of people think on percussion you’re at the back booming away, but it’s so versatile.”

The performer defeated pianist Ethan Loch from Glasgow, who has been blind since birth, violist Jaren Ziegler, flautist Sofa Patterson-Gutiérrez, trumpeter Sasha Canter, and violinist Sofa Patterson-Gutiérrez.

Before moving on to the grand final at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, each performer won their individual category competitions.

The competition was shot on September 29 and the results were announced on Sunday night on BBC Radio Three and BBC Four.

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