We regretted last night that the production and presentation of the final – won by the luminous Laura van der Heijden – were low-key to the point of torpor.
We also pointed out that the competition website was not updated for days and the result was not announced onsite on the night.
This morning we find that the entire British press has ignored the outcome. This may be, in part, a failure on the part of the press but it is a much bigger shortcoming on the part of the BBC, which failed from start to finish to promote the competition.
For various internal reasons, the competition was produced by BBC Wales. It looks like they fell asleep on the job and no-one at Centre woke them up. Next time, in 2014, Young Musician should be moved to a different production base. Maybe there should be an internal BBC competition to host it.
The winner of this final deserved better.