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TRUE TALENT: Young Radlett musician to perform on TV in BBC jazz competition final

 Published on: 6th November 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A talented double bassist from Radlett has made it to the 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician Final.

Kielan Sheard (pictured), 18, who was born in Watford, is the youngest of the five finalists selected for the prestigious final, which will be aired on BBC Four on Sunday, November 22 at 7pm.

The biennial final is a celebration of the most talented up-and-coming musicians and singers on the British jazz scene.

Kielan and the other finalists will each perform a 15-minute set in front of a panel including some of the most celebrated British instrumentalists on the current international jazz scene.

The judges and the audience at home will listen to the finalists as they present music from the standard jazz repertoire, with each set including at least one piece composed or arranged by the young musicians themselves.

To get to the final, the young musicians made it through two previous rounds, with a semi-final including 25 competitors who were judged by another panel of jazz stars: pianist Zoe Rahman, saxophonist Tim Garland, and trumpeter Byron Wallen.

Kielan, a former pupil at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, is currently a first-year student at London-based music and dance conservatoire, Trinity Laban.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be in the finals of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020. It’s an honour to be playing with and competing against some of the finest young jazz musicians of our generation.”

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