Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The 2018 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 16th-24th August. Hosted by BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 3, this is the second time a Eurovision event has been held in Edinburgh, the first being the Eurovision Song Contest 1972. A full list of participating countries will be released in early 2018.
This is the first time since 2008 that the United Kingdom will host a Eurovision contest. The venue for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 has not yet been announced. To date, the following countries have confirmed their participation:
- Norway – NRK
- Poland – TVP
- Sweden – SVT
- United Kingdom – Host country
The United Kingdom’s reveal as the host nation comes seven years after the country last participated in Eurovision Young Musicians. Between 1982 and 2010, the United Kingdom had participated in every edition of Eurovision Young Musicians, including winning the contest in 1994 when Natalie Clein took victory in Warsaw, Poland.
What Eurovision Contests have the United Kingdom hosted?
- Eurovision Dance Contest – 2007 (London), 2008 (Glasgow)
- Eurovision Song Contest – 1960 (London), 1963 (London), 1968 (London), 1972 (Edinburgh), 1974 (Brighton), 1977 (London), 1982 (Harrogate), 1998 (Birmingham)
- Eurovision Young Dancers – 2001 (London)
- Eurovision Young Musicians – 1982 (Manchester)
The BBC inspired the creation of Eurovision Young Musicians, following the success of BBC Young Musician of the Year which was first held in 1978. The competition went on to be used as the United Kingdom’s selection process for the contest. The United Kingdom is only beaten in terms of the number of appearances at the contest by Norway who has participated in every edition of the competition excluding one since it was first held in 1982.
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Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.