17 year old clarinettist Mark Simpson (left) won the prestigous BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the weekend. He played a blinding Nielsen concerto to win, but interestingly this was not his first choice. Marc Simpson actually asked to play John Corigliano's incredibly difficult (and rewarding) concerto in the final with the the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier. But the BBC vetoed his first choice of concerto because of the required resources and challenge it presented for the orchestra. With a repertoire led by the Corigliano and Nielsen concertos there must be a very bright musical future for Mark Simpson.
* See the streamed video of Mark Simpson's winning performance of the Nielsen concerto via this link
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