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Teenage trumpeter blows away rivals to win Young Musician Jazz Award

Published 13/03/2016

Alexandra Ridout won high praise from the judges
Alexandra Ridout won high praise from the judges

A 17-year-old trumpeter has won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016, beating her older brother to the title.

Alexandra Ridout, from Aylesbury, competed against her brother Tom, 21, and three other finalists aged 15-21 for the prize.

Following her victory, Alexandra, who has played trumpet since she was nine, said: "The whole thing has been an amazing opportunity. I can't believe I even got this far. I wasn't expecting to win, but now that I have, it's incredible."

The contest took place on March 12 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, where c ontestants performed alongside the Gwilym Simcock Trio.

The winner was chosen by judges Tim Garland, Gwyneth Herbert, Zoe Rahman, Byron Wallen and Julian Joseph.

Joseph said: "We were enchanted by Alexandra's presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing. We all heard that, and we all felt that, and it really tipped the decision in her favour."

The Jazz Award is part of BBC Young Musician, the UK's leading contest for young musicians which also features a classical music award.

The jazz final will be broadcast on BBC Four on May 13.

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