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Are Young Musician Competitions a good thing or a bad thing?

New research suggests that what separates the winners and the also-rans in music competitions is as much down to their visual impact as it is to the sound they make.
The idea that competition judges make decisions based more on what they see than on what they hear adds spice to the hotly contested
debate over the value of music competitions.
There are those who argue that in the age of YouTube, Facebook and cultural entrepreneurship, competitions are outdated.

For many participants, the most valuable part of the experience is the chance to meet equally committed young players,
share personal interpretations, and find a new perspective on the music community.
As in all things, the ‘success’ is whatever they make of it.
Who will be the next Sheku Kanneh-Mason?
He entered his first music competition when he was 12 yrs old (he didn’t win!), and his last gig was at the royal wedding!

The winners of the LMVC Young Musician of the Year 2018 could go on to be just as famous!
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