Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout Wins BBC Young Musician’s Jazz Award


Alexandra Ridout has been crowned the second winner of the BBC Music Young Musician Jazz Award since its inception in 2014. The show runs parallel to the long-established classical music competition. At the finals that were held in Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, 17-year-old Alexandra Ridout from Aylesbury was voted the winner after the judges were impressed by her on-stage performance with the Gwilym Simcock Trio. Julian Jospeh claimed that she felt the way Alexandra played the blues gave it an importance and a relationship with the listeners that the judges felt tipped the odds in her favour. Simcock agreed quoting that her mush was honest and heart-felt in a way that could reach everyone.