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Colston Hall & Bristol 24/7 finds Young Classical Reviewer of the future

We recently joined forces with local media organisation Bristol 24/7 to find a fresh young talent in music reviewing, inviting young fans of classical music with a love of writing to become a resident reviewer for the 2015 season of concerts at the hall.

We invited entrants to attend Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s London Calling concert last week (12 Nov) and submit their review within 24 hours.

The standard of entries was extremely high, and the judges were really impressed, saying that they would have been happy to receive some of the student submissions from any of their regular reviewers.

The winner of the competition was Charlotte Perkins, a student at the University of Bristol.  The judges felt that Charlotte’s accessible style would appeal to broader audiences.  On their website, Bristol 24/7 says: “While we were impressed with the quality of the entrants overall, we couldn’t resist the accessible way in which Charlotte expressed her knowledge and insight. This is her first review for Bristol24/7. We hope it will be first of many. ”

Charlotte starts her review by setting the scene: “A Thursday in November is an odd night to find a concert hall full and buzzing with anticipation. However, tonight’s performance was definitely a gem in the mid-week Classical calendar.” Read Charlotte’s full review here. 

Charlotte will now become a resident reviewer for the magazine, attending concerts in the Colston Hall 2015 Classical Series and have her reviews featured across the year on Bristol 24/7’s website.

Adam Burrows of Bristol 24/7 explains why they decided to run the competition:

“As a Community Interest Company, Bristol 24/7 was set up to publish views from all parts of the community. Young people have a vital role to play in the conversation, and we’re committed to giving them the chance to express themselves. We’re excited to be working with Colston Hall and the BSO to find a classical music critic of the future, and hope it will prove an inspiring first step towards a career in journalism.”

We certainly hope this is true for Charlotte.

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