Fergus McCreadie becomes 8th BBC Radio 3 New Generation (Jazz) artist – London Jazz News

BBC Radio 3 today announced the next cohort of participants in its New Generation Artists programme. Pianist Fergus McCreadie is the eighth jazz musician to join the program (full list of others below).

Fergus McCreadie. Photo credit Dave Stapleton

The new cohort of musicians will join the program beginning September 2022 and will remain so until December 2024. Along with Fergus McCreadie, the others announced today are accordionist and colleague Scott Ryan Corbett, countertenor, Hugh Cutting from England, Colombian cellist Santiago Cañón-Valenciathat Leonkoro (string) quartet from Berlin, who has just won the Wigmore Hall and Bordeaux competitions, New Zealand violinist Geneva Lewis and South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha.

Fergus McCreadie says:

“It is a fantastic honor to be part of this prestigious programme. As a musician, you see these things happening to other people without expecting to be chosen. So it’s amazing to join a list of past and current new generation artists who are so, so talented.”


Young artists from four continents are joining BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists program in September 2022

BBC Radio 3 celebrates a truly international line-up of new generation artists as it announces the names of the artists who will join the station’s prestigious talent development program in September 2022. They will stay with us until December 2024.

Featuring some of the world’s most promising young soloists and ensembles, all on the verge of major international careers, the New Generation Artists joining this year’s program come from four continents, including an accordionist for the first time in its history , Ryan Corbett from Scotland and a countertenor, Hugh Cutting from England. The other New Generation Artists 2022-2024 are Colombian cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia, Berlin-based Leonkoro Quartet, New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, Scottish jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie and South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha.

These performers join the New Generation Artists, in the program since 2021 and staying until December 2023: British-Israeli pianist Tom Borrow, British mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, Spanish violinist María Dueñas, German-Romanian baritone Konstantin Krimmel , Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry, London-based Mithras Trio and British bassist William Thomas.

Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3 and Classical Music says: “It is a privilege for Radio 3 to offer young artists performing and broadcasting opportunities as they begin their international careers. This year we are particularly proud that the New Generation Artists joining the program will showcase a variety of instruments and voices and come from many parts of the world. This means that our audience can experience and discover a diversity of music through encounters with these inspiring young artists. We hope listeners will enjoy watching these young artists push boundaries, evolve and make their own personal mark on the art of music.”

The New Generation Artists program underscores Radio 3’s ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing young talent. Established in 1999, it supports young musicians at the beginning of their international careers with performance opportunities in London and the UK. These include recitals, appearances with the BBC Orchestras and appearances at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, Ulster Hall and Snape Maltings among many others. Through broadcasts on Radio 3, these rising stars will be heard by listeners across the UK and across Europe via the European Broadcasting Union.” BBC PRESS RELEASE ENDS


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  • Bassist Misha Mullov- Abbado (2017-19)
  • Trumpeter Laura Jurd (2015-17)
  • Saxophonist Trish Clowes (2012-2014)
  • Clarinetist/Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (2010-12)
  • Trumpeter Tom Arthurs (2008-10)
  • Pianist Gwilym Simcock (2006-08)

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