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Monday, March 30, 1998 Published at 08:35 GMT 09:35 UK


Drummer beats them all
image: [ Adrian Spillett won the title on the eve of his 20th birthday ]
Adrian Spillett won the title on the eve of his 20th birthday

Old jazz joke: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? - A drummer...

A young man from Shropshire has now seen off that jibe, becoming the first percussionist to win the title BBC Young Musician of the Year in the biennial competition's 20-year history.

An excerpt from Adrian's performance (26')
Adrian Spillett, from Shrewsbury, was presented with the award by the Duchess of Kent at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. He won 2,570 and will now go on to represent Britain in the Eurovision Young Musician Competition in Vienna in June.

Adrian, a second year student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, beat off four other finalists to win the title.

[ image: Adrian received the trophy from the Duchess of Kent]
Adrian received the trophy from the Duchess of Kent
In addition to his prize money and a Lloyds Bank Young Musician Travel Award to further his musical studies, he was presented with a special trophy by the Duchess.

The four runners-up, who each received 2,000, included London flatmates Alison Balsorn, 19, a trumpet player from Royston, Hertfordshire, and Juliette Bausor, 18, a flautist from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

They shared the runner-up prizes with Alison Farr, 18, a pianist from Bournemouth and Marie Macleod, 17, a cellist from Little Glemham near Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

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