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Vocal alumnus named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2018-20

Wed 4 July 2018

Baritone James Newby joins prestigious scheme to nurture emerging international talent. 

Each autumn BBC Radio 3 invites a selection of artists who are beginning to make a mark on the international music scene to join the New Generation Artists scheme.

Now in its 19th year, it provides musicians with unrivalled opportunities to give concerts in London and around the UK, as well as make appearances and recordings with the BBC orchestras, and studio recordings for Radio 3, showcasing their talent to listeners across the UK.

This year, Trinity Laban alumnus James Newby joins five other brilliant young musicians who will be supported by the station to reach the next stage of their careers.

Prior to graduating from Trinity Laban’s BA(Hons) programme, baritone James became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award (2016). In the same year he received the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. He has since gone on to make his BBC Proms debut in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (2016), win the 2017 Trinity Gold Medal, and be a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2017) where he was awarded the prestigious John Christie Award and the inaugural Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season.

This season, he debuted as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera. Future highlights include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem under Marin Alsop (November 2018), and his solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall in 2019.

James Newby comments – 

“I am absolutely thrilled to be a BBC New Generation Artist 2018-20. The scheme is a fantastic platform to learn new repertoire, perform alongside some of the leading orchestras and musicians in the world, and gain brilliant exposure through the media. It’s really the ideal programme for me at this stage of my career and I’m so excited for what the next two years might hold.”

In a press release Emma Bloxham, BBC Radio 3 Editor, commented – 

“BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme offers an unrivalled platform to some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians at the start of their international careers. It’s always incredibly heartening to see and hear the wealth of young talent out there. We’re incredibly excited about working with the class of 2018, and I’ve no doubt Radio 3 listeners are in for a treat!”


To find out more about BBC Radio 3’s NGA scheme, visit their website.

To find out more about studying at Trinity Laban, visit our vocal pages.


Image credit: Ben McKee