Ewan Millar reaches BBC Young Musician of the Year final

3rd May 2021
Ewan Millar Young Musician Finalist 2020

St Hilda's student, Ewan Millar (Music, 2019), was among three final contestants to reach the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2020. Ewan performed Oscar Navarro: “Legacy” Concerto, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic. 

Ewan and fellow finalists, Annemarie Federle and Fang Zhang, each performed a concerto of their choice at the event, with reduced numbers to allow the required social distancing. Many congratulations to percussionist, Fang Zhang, who was announced the competition winner. Warm congratulations too to Ewan and to Annemarie Federie for reaching the final three. 

Chair of the panel of judges and Chief Executive of Saffron Hall, Angela Dixon, said: "BBC Young Musician 2020 has been an outstanding competition, the standard has been incredibly high and all three finalists showed exceptional musicianship."

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth says: “BBC Young Musician is always a glorious celebration of the future, but especially this year, it offers a much needed sense of optimism to everyone in the classical music world. All three finalists have shown a tremendous passion and determination to maintain their commitment to the competition across a year of uncertain silence. They play with humility and respect but daring and personality too, encouraging all who hear them to look forward to more positive times ahead.”

Taking place after a year-long delay due to the global pandemic, the socially-distanced Grand Final was filmed on Sunday 25 April at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall without an audience in attendance and in strict compliance with Covid-related government guidelines. It was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 2 May. 

Find out more about the BBC Young Musician 2020 Grand Final, which is available to watch on iPlayer for 12 months. 

You can also watch Ewan's Oboe Recital Bach – Flute Partita in A minor, mvmts 1 & 3, which was part of a series of virtual lunchtime concerts in Michaelmas Term 2020 at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College.