A Sussex cellist – half-Dutch, half-Swiss – ran away tonight with the career-making BBC Young Musician of the Year, cresting to triumph on the Walton concerto. If the Nicola Benedetti story is anything to go by, Laura will go from here to eternity.
The low-key BBC presentation of the final posed a refreshing contrast to the general run of TV talent contests and the absence of audience hysteria had me standing on my chair and yelling with relief.
Yet low-key can be taken too far. The judges decision was not explained to the audience, it was announced by a shrinking violet in a soporific monotone and there was no opportunity for the winner to give a final display of her gift.
Worse, the BBC website was not updated with result.
Come on, guys, this is about performance, isn’t it?